Social media blurs the line between facts and fiction


The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the social media is a double-edged sword for information officers because of its real-time advantage and the challenge of fake news.

The minister said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the opening of a two-day capacity building exercise for Strategic Communication Liaison Officers organised by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

“Undeniably, technological advances have redefined the media landscape and the way information officers communicate government activities to the public.

“But for the information officers, the social media is a double-edged sword.

“Whereas it allows them to reach their audiences much faster, it also poses a lot of challenges, in particular because the social media is blurring the line between fact and fiction between real news and fake news.

“How the information officers overcome this challenge will go a long way in determining his or her success,’’ he said.

The minister said that government information officers were strategic to achieving national strategic objectives through the strengthening of government communication.

He said that the mandate of his ministry “is to manage the image, reputation and promote the culture of the people and government of Nigeria.’’.