Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has stated that the recent #EndSARS nationwide protests brought home the dangers of fake news.
He made this known while speaking on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme, the Minister disclosed that what happened during the protests has been reviewed to a certain extent.
Sunday Dare alleged that there have been debunking of several of the stories of deaths that came up.
“The protests brought home the dangers of fake news. Several months back, Nobel Laureate Winner, Professor Wole Soyinka said fake news is like the bomb that can destroy the world and it is sure that the bomb will come from Nigeria.
“What happened during the protests has been reviewed to a certain extent. We have seen debunking of several of the stories of deaths that came up.
“Everyone is worried about the negative impacts of fake news.”
The Minister who expressed home of the National Assembly doing justice to the proposed regulation of social media to guard against the spread of fake news, added that the Federal Government had the option of shutting down the social media space during the #EndSARS protests but chose not to tread the path.
The Minister further stated that the federal government is committed to the rights of freedom and association of every citizen of this country. According to him, the fact the Federal Government did not shut down cyberspace during the protest attests to this fact.