As Nigerians go to the poll today ,the umbrella body of Blogggers in Nigeria ,the Guild Of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria (GPBN) has opened an ELECTION SITUATION ROOM where up to speed information about the election could be filed in by its members across the country.
Speaking on this unique initiative ,the President of GPBN Chris Kehinde Nwandu (CKN) said the action was taken in order to avoid the spread of fake news and fake results that had characterized elections in Nigeria on social media in the past .
It called on all stakeholders especially bloggers to avail themselves with the SITUATION ROOM for accurate and authentic information .
The Guild also called Nigerians to troop out enmass to cast their votes in today’s and subsequent elections and make sure that their votes actually count.
The Guild wishes all Nigerians a successful and hitch free election.
Digital Media Practitioners Sensitise Nigerians Against Fake News During the Elections
In thesame vein, the Digital Media Practitioners of Nigeria, DMPN, Nigeria’s foremost Digital Media Association has called on Nigerians to come out em-masse to vote in the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for today Saturday 23rd February 2019.
The Association made up of Nigeria’s top digital media practitioners, took to micro-blogging social networking site Twitter to advocate for voting as Nigeria decides. The body also encouraged Nigerians to vote peacefully and desist from spreading fake news.
Miss Moji Delano, the Chairperson of the Association called on Nigerians to collectively fight against fake news and shut it down vehemently.
“We also must kick against fake news especially this elections period. We are unfortunately in the era where people share stories and unconfirmed reports without verifying or asking questions. Fake news is dangerous, does more harm than good and we must not allow ourselves to be agents of false information or propaganda. Let us ask questions when we get messages, verify their authenticity and only share if it is true and will not incite any sect of the society,” she concluded.