Prime minister Abiy Ahmed warned against the deliberate spread of fake news and hate speech, especially on social media.
The prime minister has warned that the increase in the propagation of fake news and hate speech in the country is dangerous if it is allowed to continue unchecked.
In this reform period, fake news and hate speech were widely circulated to instigate conflict and intensifying violence, which contribute to the rising numbers of internally displaced people, according to the office.
Irresponsible individuals are trying to provoke anger to the public through disseminating fake news using fake accounts of people and organizations, reads yesterday’s statement from the prime minister office.
People who didn’t understand the intent of this highly structured and organized activity will enter into conflicts to as counter-reaction, the statement added.
Facebook has had a huge impact on how people connect, communicate and consume content in recent political situations in the nation.
Most people who spread fake news and hate speech are in a comfortable life, avoiding themselves from any harm, but they misled others to enter into conflict, understanding such consequences is key to helping us better leverage technology for learning and to mitigate its risks.