Fake News as Disruptive Media: A Digital Age Challenge in Nigeria

Osakue Stevenson Omoera, Temple Uwalaka

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Abstract

The Nigerian media space is flooded with fake news, which has become the bane of digital journalism in today’s world. This is occasioned by the emergence of online media platforms and news blogs in Nigeria that appears to have created a situation where everyone can lay claim to being a ‘digital journalist’ and spreads news stories that get circulated instantaneously whether factual or not. This study uses case analysis, and historicocritical methods to examine purposively selected fake news cases disseminated on social media that concern socio-political, socio-economic, and socio-cultural themes about Nigerians or Nigeria posted between 2017 and 2021. We found that fake news is rife in Nigeria and is increasingly becoming a sub-culture among the people. The article recommends a reorientation of Nigerians to do more critical thinking and to improve their digital media literacy in order not to fall prey to purveyors of fake news.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-221
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Media and Communication
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

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