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May 25, 2018

The evils of fake news

  His Holiness, Pope Francis, in his message for this year’s World Communications Day, taking place today, has drawn attention to the evils of fake news and called for shared commitment to stemming its spread. Titled: “The truth will set you free (Jn 8: 32) Fake news and journalism for peace,” the Holy Father maintained that when we are faithful to God, communication becomes an effective expression of our responsible search for truth and our pursuit for goodness. Fake news has to do with false information based on nonexistent or distorted data, meant to deceive and manipulate the reader or…

Rumour mongering as fuel for crisis

Rumour mongering on the increase on social media

It is true that there is no smoke without fire and that in any “rumour”, so to speak, there is always an element of truth. However, the quantum of damage false rumours have wrecked on Nigeria’s socio-political and economic life is better imagined than described. Among other evils, it leads to unnecessary crisis, fear and apprehension in a nation where insecurity looms large already.   This has worsened, since the present era of information explosion through the social media – cell phones, Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, Imo, Viber etc which have come within the reach of practically everyone. The social media…

Nigerians not used to seeing successful people jog, sweat on our street – Buhari tells Facebook founder, Zukerberg

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of social networking website, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, for sharing his wealth of knowledge with Nigerian youths, and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs. The commendation is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. Adesina said Buhari made the commendation he received the Internet entrepreneur at the State House. He said that President Buhari told Zuckerberg that the various meetings he held with Nigerian youths since his arrival were timely, as the country was already exploring…

Nigerians don’t have time for God – Priest

…As LSM, Holy Rosary  Sub-Council ends Retreat Nigerians, like the rest of the world, have no time for God as they are busy pursuing material things and matters of the flesh. A Spiritan priest, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Odo Cssp expressed this view during a three-day retreat for Ladies of St. Mulumba, Holy Rosary Sub-Council, Owerri, held at LSM Youth/Women Empowerment and Retreat Centre, World Bank Owerri, July 22-24, 2016. The priest said Nigeria and the world are witnessing turbulence, killings, kidnappings, demolitions, all sorts of violence and wickedness because we have abandoned God and embraced materialism, entertainment and things of…

WhatsApp: Facebook acquires messaging service in $19bn deal

Massive purchase is Facebook’s largest ever and comes after Google reportedly made $1bn offer for the company last year Facebook announced the purchase of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Wednesday, in a $19bn deal that represents the social media company’s biggest acquisition yet. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, described five-year-old WhatsApp as an “incredibly valuable” service that was well on its way to connecting 1 billion people around the world. The deal is a big bet for Facebook, which has until recently struggled to convince investors of its strategy for mobile. WhatsApp has more than 400m users around…

INTERNET ADDICTION (1)

Since the mid 1990s, the Internet has had a revolutionary impact on culture and commerce, including the rise of near-instant communication by electronic mail, instant messaging, two-way interactive video calls, and the World Wide Web with its discussion for blogs, social networking and online shopping sites.   It has become a fun and useful tool for students, business people, homemakers and others to use for school, work and communication purposes, internet use is very enjoyable and productive for most people, but for some, internet usage can become a compulsive behavior that interferes with school work, daily life and relationships.  …