The Nigerian Minister of Culture and Information, Lai Mohammed, has expressed his displeasure over the use of fake news to diminish the impressive achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration. ayokinews.com reports
Speaking during the 64th conference of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), in Sal Island, Cape Verde, on Saturday, Lai noted that the media had now graduated from ‘fake news’ to ‘deep fake news’.
He stated that the use of deep fake news has now become a very tangible tool for the media in tarnishing the reputation of government officials.
Lai Mohammed said, “As a matter of fact, Nigerians should know that we have graduated from ordinary fake news to ”deep” fake news. The danger of deep fake news is that it is difficult to differentiate the fake news from real news.
“This is because purveyors of deep fake news would take a story, be it a video or a photograph and make it look real. They will take videos of what is happening in other lands, doctor them and freely circulate them as what is really happening in Nigeria. Ditto photographs.
“News stories are even worse, because they embellish such fake stories with quotes and videos and even quote government officials, as if they are real.
“The deep fake news was fabricated just to take the shine away from the government’s success in not only retaining positive GDP growth, but surpassing all expectations crawling from 0.11 per cent two quarters ago to marginal .51 per cent in the last quarter and then 5.0 percent.
“Of course, they don’t wish the government and Nigeria well, but needed something to dampen the enthusiasm of government and make Nigerians sad.”