Facebook Has Decided To Help Nigeria With Its Upcoming 2019 General Elections

By Kachi Ojieh Mar 10, 2018

Nigeria presidential elections will be take place in 2019 and Facebook will be helping the country. Facebook Public Policy Director for Afrika, Ebele Okobi, alongside a team from the social media giant visited Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to see how both organizations can partner to educate citizens as the 2019 elections draw near.

We know Nigerian people “care very deeply about how they are governed, about who governs them and other political issues,” said Okobi. It shouldn’t be surprising that “people come to the platform to talk about what they care about,” she continued.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman at INEC said:

“A good election, I have always said, is a recipe for peace and a poorly conducted election could lead to violence and civil war. And part of it is the perception some people create on the social media.”

Facebook has made effort to take down false INEC pages created in its platform in order to curb fake news ahead of Nigerian general elections.

Ebele Okobi said that Facebook “have developed a politics and government programme essentially to understand how our platform is being used, not just during elections, but also to help governments engage with their citizens and also to see what the risks related to our platform in elections are and what opportunities and programmes can be put in place to address the risks.”

News Source: iAfrikan

Nigeria presidential elections will be take place in 2019 and Facebook will be helping the country. Facebook Public Policy Director for Afrika, Ebele Okobi, alongside a team from the social media giant visited Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to see how both organizations can partner to educate citizens as the 2019 elections draw near.

We know Nigerian people “care very deeply about how they are governed, about who governs them and other political issues,” said Okobi. It shouldn’t be surprising that “people come to the platform to talk about what they care about,” she continued.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman at INEC said:

“A good election, I have always said, is a recipe for peace and a poorly conducted election could lead to violence and civil war. And part of it is the perception some people create on the social media.”

Facebook has made effort to take down false INEC pages created in its platform in order to curb fake news ahead of Nigerian general elections.

Ebele Okobi said that Facebook “have developed a politics and government programme essentially to understand how our platform is being used, not just during elections, but also to help governments engage with their citizens and also to see what the risks related to our platform in elections are and what opportunities and programmes can be put in place to address the risks.”

News Source: iAfrikan

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