Nigeria is collaborating with global tech giants such as Facebook and Twitter to combat fake news as a coronavirus (COVID-19) induced lockdowns are enforced in Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun states.
Very false rumors and misinformation are now rampant across social media and messaging platforms in the country as the citizens stay indoors amid the coronavirus outbreak. To curb the spread of several untrue news, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will be getting free ad space on Facebook about the pandemic.
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Nigeria health officials are working with WhatsApp to send push notifications to users alongside advice on symptoms and how to avoid the deadly virus. Twitter is also tweaking its algorithm to elevate medical information from authoritative sources and this initiative will be available in seventy nations, including African countries like Nigeria.