Here is a fact check on if the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has been called off, as at today 25th September 2020.
ASUU is currently the #1 trending topic on Twitter as at the time of filing this report, as students took to the platform to celebrate the purported end of strike action by the academic staff union.
It is surprising that despite the inauthenticity of the news, it has been able to spread across social media platforms making it seem genuine.
Why you should beware of fake news
In the era of social media, it is so tough to curb the menace of fake news, and some reports beats the imagination, as we wonder what the peddlers want to gain from it.
For instance, a Twitter user, @KesterEne announced the said calling off of the strike, attaching an old image from a channels TV report on the said topic.
If you look closely, the report by Channels was made at 8PM on the said date, but the Twitter user @KesterEne made the post in the afternoon of another date writing
ASUU has called off strike!
Schools will resume 26th of September.
Another Breaking News: BBN will end on Sunday!
Do you still remember your matric number?
Are u ready for exams?
What about your project? You still haven’t finished chapter one. You’re so dead!”
There are so many examples of such mischief makers on social media, and one needs to be careful with where they source for news, and stick to reliable platforms like (LailasNews).