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WABMA Fake News Debunker Episode 79



💥 WABMA Fake News Debunker Episode 79

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🔎 Does having sex 21 times a month prevent prostate issues?
🔎 Do viral pictures show Nwabali and wife?
🔎 Does typing “@” Highlight’ show you have a strong ID on Facebook?
Get the truth behind these viral claims in our latest edition!
In this episode, we delve into the facts to uncover the truth behind these circulating claims. Don’t fall for misinformation – arm yourself with the facts!
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Does typing  @” Highlight’ show you have a strong ID on Face book?



A Facebook post claims that typing the “@” symbol in a comment and then clicking the word “highlight” will reveal how strong your Facebook ID is.


The claim is FALSE


Several Facebook posts have claimed that typing an “@” symbol in a comment box, selecting the word “highlight” from a pop-up menu and then submitting the comment would allow a user to see which friends had been lurking on their profile or page more than anyone else.


This function has made lots of people stumble on a facebook post because they saw notification of being tagged by their friends.


The  lastest version of this rumor was that if the highlight shows blue, then you have a strong ID.


When the “@” and “highlight”, a menu popped up that listed various Facebook pages that included the word “highlight” in them. Near the bottom of the list, “@highlight” was mentioned with the words, “Some friends might receive notifications.”


Upon selecting the “@highlight” feature with the words about friends receiving notifications and then posting the comment, the “@ highlight” text turned blue and turned into a link.


Clicking on this link simply led to a Facebook page that displayed pending friend requests. The link did not display any current Facebook friends who might be repeatedly viewing a user’s profile. (The URL that the “@highlight” link led to was


According to a publication on  in October 2023, the “@highlight” is to allow users “to highlight a particular post by increasing its size and visibility.”




The claim that “@highlight” shows how strong your Facebook ID is False

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Do viral pictures show Nwabali and wife?



Following the exploits of the Nigerian goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali at the just concluded AFCON, a set of pictures have been circulating claiming to be of him and his wife.


The claim is false


Three images of Nwabali posing with an unidentified woman described as his wife circulated across social media.


Initially shared by Amanda Chisom Page, a Facebook blog with the caption “Goodnight from first and only wife, Mrs Chisom Okolo-Nwabal.” Many people have since reposted with different captions like “Stanley Nwabali’s wife shows off her husband. Keep off” and “Chisom, wife of Super Eagles goalie marking her territory as she shows off husband.”


A careful look shows Nwaballi’s body language failed to acknowledge the presence of someone standing right by his side.


The three pictures lacked the typical synergy expected of a couple. Apart from maintaining a straight face with hands in his pocket, these two individuals, despite being close, had no single physical touch across the images.


Checks on Nwabali’s Instagram handle shows the original version of these photographs taken with Nwabali standing alone. Checking through previous posts, we discovered that Amanda Chisom’s blog had several other photographs of the goalkeeper where he allegedly posed with different women as captured. The instances either confessed their admiration or suggestively referred to him as their lover.


Facebook has also flagged the post as partly false information.




Viral pictures showing Nwabali and wife is FAKE, it is a photoshoped version of the ones posted on his Instagram page.

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