IN SHORT: Fake graphics purporting to be from credible media houses have become increasingly popular on social media platforms in Kenya. One example is a digital card with the Nation Africa logo claiming that betting company SportPesa is in crisis.
“SPORTPESA IN CRISIS: 500 Million loss sparks panic as University of Nairobi student’s predictions app goes viral on Jamhuri Day,” reads the text of a graphic circulating on social media in Kenya.
SportPesa is an online betting platform launched in Kenya. According to one report, eight in 10 Kenyans surveyed have gambled or placed a bet. Such a claim would therefore leave many worried about losing their money.
The graphic, which was shared on a Facebook group with more than 542,000 members, features a photo of SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri above the text.
The posts appear to be promoting a prediction app called “New Betwiz”.
The post's caption reads: “BREAKING NEWS: A new prediction app in Kenya is causing SPORTPESA and other betting companies to lose BILLIONS of money daily!”
It then provides a link to the supposed app and urges people to click on it.
But did the graphic really come from the widely read Nation Africa news site? We checked.
Graphic not from Nation Africa
Africa Check searched Google for this news about SportPesa and came up empty. No media house covered the story.
We searched Nation Africa’s official Facebook page, X account and website for the graphic, but found no information related to the claim. The company has a history of controversy that has attracted media attention.
Africa Check contacted Nation Africa and they confirmed that the graphic was not theirs.
“This did not originate from the media outlet. Please be advised that this is fake,” said Nation Africa managing editor Oliver Mathenge.
The graphic is fake.
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