First stop – Did Did Elon Musk say he would delete Twitter, Facebook and buy Nigeria?
FOLLOWING the successful acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk which has elicited mixed reactions on social media, several images which show tweets purportedly originating from his verified Twitter handle have surfaced online.
One of the images which have now gone viral on social media showed a purported tweet from Elon Musk’s verified handle saying after he had acquired Twitter, he would acquire Facebook as well and delete both of them.
The fabricated tweet is dated April 25 and supposedly generated about 950,000 likes and 136,000 retweets.
Another similar tweet purportedly originated from him reads :
“I hope to buy Nigeria as a country. Then fix it.”
Here is what we know, the images are manipulated using tweet generator tools.
A keyword search on the verified Twitter handle of the new Twitter buyer gave no result of such tweets.
There is also no reported official announcement from Musk that he would delete Twitter and Facebook neither there is any report quoting him that he would buy Nigeria.
Next, is it true that IFCN, Meta offer grants to help fact-checkers fight misinformation on WhatsApp.
The answer is Yes!, The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) has revealed plans to assist fact-checkers globally to tackle misinformation on WhatsApp, the world’s largest messaging app, through grant support.
According to Poynter Institute’s IFCN, the support, in partnership with Meta, tagged “Spread the Facts Grant Program” will enable fact-checkers “to launch, innovate and scale fact-checking solutions” on a global level.
“More than 2 billion people around the world rely on WhatsApp to connect with friends and family, stay updated on world events, and share information,” said Ferdi Özsoy, programme manager at the IFCN.
“With support from WhatsApp, the Spread the Facts Grant Program will give verified fact-checking organizations resources to deescalate the harm of viral misinformation and improve the quality of public debate,” he added.
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Did a presidential aspirant makefalse claims about voting population?
On the 5th of March 2022, the former president of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a presidential aspirant in a post on his verified Facebook page made claims about the statistics of the voting population in the country.
Women hold more than 50% of the voting population.
Our finding shows that the claim is false.
According to the voter statistics available on the official website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), women hold 47.1% of the total voting population of the country, while men hold 52.9%.
This is further confirmed in the data request response from the office of the INEC Chairman which shows that registered women voters are 39,598,645 million of the total 84,004,084 million registered voters.
Youths under 25 years old hold more than 70% of the voting population.
The finding shows that this claim is also false.
In the data statistics report gotten from the office of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), registered youths under the age of 25 years old (18-24) amount to a total of 9,016,686 million across the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.
This implies that youths under 25 years old hold only 10.7% of the total voting population of 84,004,084million.
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Does Video show recent Gun Fight Between Army and Bandits?
A video forwarded many times on WhatsApp shows military troops beside dead bandits after a recent gun fight.
The claim is FALSE
Earlier in September, there were reports that no fewer than 50 bandits were killed with atleast 20 soldiers dead in a clash in Kundu village near Zungeru in Wushishi, Niger State.
It was learnt that seven other soldiers and five vigilantes sustained varying degrees of gunshot injuries. This comes after a recent attack on troops and the crash of a Nigerian Air Force helicopter.
The video being shared had the caption “Bandits killed after gun battle with army in Kundu along Zungeru Tegina road.”
A voice was heard saying most of the terrorists were not more than fifteen years old and some looked like foreigners.
Using InVid video verification tool, the result showed that the video is an old clip from 2021 when Nigerian troops killed Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) commanders and destroyed their training bases at Lake Chad.
Several fact checking agencies, including the DailyTrust, have announced that the video claim is FALSE.
Did Wike Order the demolition of Jabi Motor Park?
Following his press conference on assumption of office as the minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike has been quoted to have ordered the demolition of Jabi Motor park in Abuja.
The claim is FALSE
One of the sources of the claim is from a one minute-twenty-seven-seconds video shared on Tik-Tok and forwarded many times on WhatsApp
According to a report by Daily Trust, someone speaking in the Hausa language was heard lamenting that “Everyone in Nigeria knows Jabi Park and today the government has ordered its demolition. Our shops have been demolished and our business burned.” However, Daily Trust debunked the claim and confirmed from those at the park that there is neither ongoing demolition or notification of such at the Jabi park and there had been none in 2023.
Still Several statements continued to be shared on social media and blogs supporting the claim.
Verifying the video using a Google reverse image, results revealed that the video was from 2020 when the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) ordered the demolition of illegal shops in the Jabi Motor Park.
The claim that the FCT minister Nyesom Wike had ordered demolition of Jabi Motor Park is false.