"Fake News" Is Rising In Africa, Impacts 90% Of The Young Survey Reveals!
A study commissioned by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation (South Africa) has revealed that cases of fake news are rising exponentially in Africa and almost ninety per cent of the youth polled confirmed that issues relating news validity and trustworthiness has "severely impacted their ability to stay informed".
This important study was conducted as part of the African Youth Survey carried out by PSB Research and involved face-to-face interviews with young Africans (aged 18-24) men and women across major urban centres of Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The survey also finds that "4 in 10" youths (in Ghana) sees social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp as "untrustworthy" and more than thirty-five per cent view fake news driven by the social media platforms as "impacting them a great deal.
This is all set in the context of more than 71 per cent of the youths saying they rely on the internet and social media as their primary source of news and information. The spokesperson for the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, said: "Our survey results are alarming and reveal that our continent's young people are particularly vulnerable to a growing fake news infodemic".