Young protesters in Nigeria are misusing social media or not?

Helen Dunmore Oct 16, 2020
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Young protesters in Nigeria are using social media to eliminate misinformation from traditional media

On Monday, police in Lagos arrested the entertainment industry entrepreneur Ademola Ojabodu when he was protesting in Lagos as part of a national call to end local police brutality.

Within a few hours, Oyabodu’s family learned that he would be convicted of murdering a policeman earlier in the day. The news was released after TVC News, a television station affiliated with Nigeria’s ruling party, reported shooting police during a protest.

A policeman was shot to death, but contrary to the accounts of some local broadcasters and police. He actually died when a fellow policeman fired a gun instead of a protester.

In order to expose the culprit of Ojabodu, protest organizers and allies dug through pictures and video clips shared on Twitter and showed him different locations during the protest without involving the shooting.

More importantly, there are also mobile phone video recordings of the late police being shot and killed by friendly forces.

This example records how a young Nigerian who has now been on the streets for six days recorded events in real-time.

Through thousands of shared photos and videos, not only to expand the cause but also to use evidence to refute false narratives when necessary.

This is a significant role shift in the path of typical misinformation: In essence. Social media has been used to quell misinformation spread by traditional media channels and government agencies and vice versa.

 This moment also illustrates the philosophical battle between the youth-led informal organization movement and the older institutions.

In another example, the well-known national newspaper Vanguard erroneously reported that a protester. Who was arrested but later released was raped and imprisoned. She has since debunked it mainly through social media channels with her legal team .

In order to take more coordinated action,

The young protesters in Nigeria also shared videos of their peaceful demonstrations and evidence of further harassment by the police in WhatsApp groups to better provide information to the key group: elderly Nigerians.

 Considering the long history of WhatsApp has become the main medium for disseminating misinformation to older Nigerians, this is a strategic choice.

This is part of a broader trend that has made digital tools a center for organizing and mobilizing support to sustain ongoing protests.

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