The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has expressed concern about what it has termed as the malicious spread of fake news and misinformation targeted at confusing the electorate to vote in a certain direction in the upcoming elections.
According to the NCCE, “the trading of insults, peddling of falsehood and deployment of intemperate language in the run up to the 2020 elections is also distressing, especially as we are just four days away from the polls.”
It said: “Fake news is a false narrative that is published, aired and promoted as if it were true or factual. It is nothing short of fabrication to make a claim or proclaim support for a certain position, even if it was completely false.
The Commission is worried that the proliferation of social media platforms is facilitating the publication and spread of inaccurate and untrue stories as if they were correct and factual. Citizens are hereby reminded that the creation and distribution of fake news, if not checked, could plunge our society into chaos.”
Read the full statement below