Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has claimed that if the third World War should happen, it will be caused by fake news in social media.
While making an appearance before the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values to defend his ministry’s 2022 budget allocation on Monday, Lai noted that people prefer to patronise social media where fake news is easily spread.
According to him, the means of receiving information has changed over the decades, as 30 years ago it was through television and radio sets.
“The people today, they don’t read newspapers and don’t watch television — it’s social media. And it is most expensive; the most unseen enemy, they are there every moment.
“I have always said here that the next world war will be caused by fake news.
“You can see even the US that use to pride itself on the freedom of the press is now questioning the role of the social media,” Mohammed said.