The Nigeria Army has said fake news on social media has the power to undermine the efforts of the force in the fight against terrorism.
This was stated by the Director, Civil-Military Affairs, Maj. Gen. Usman Muhammad, at a one-day interactive session in Akure, Ondo State.
The military director said “There is need to engage those using the social media to propagate news because when they spread the right information, there is the tendency that insecurity will reduce in the country.
“But if wrong information or fake news are shared on the social media, this has the tendency to undermine the security of the country.
“When you get information, you can verify it if you are not sure of it, and more importantly is for you to know the source of such information before sharing.
“The social media is indeed a powerful and important tool and it represents a key role in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.”
Media practitioners and other social media users were therefore urged to always put national security in mind while carrying out their duties.
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