Is Nigeria’s federal government planning to ban the “evil” of Instagram because it makes young people lazy? That’s the claim in screenshot of what appears to be a Channels TV broadcast circulating on social media in early October 2019.
“FG plans to ban Instagram in Nigeria: PMB,” the text on the screen reads, below a Channels TV logo.
“President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government is currently under deliberation to ban the popular social media app, Instagram in Nigeria. The president said this today during his meeting with the ministerial council at Abuja. He says that Instagram has fueled laziness amongst youths and this evil must stop.”
The graphic has been flagged as possibly false by Facebook’s fact-checking system.
Did Buhari say his government was thinking of banning Instagram? And did Nigeria’s Channels TV report the announcement? We checked.
‘Fake news’ – Buhari aide
Neither the news nor the screenshot appear in the Channels TV official Twitter account. The account’s most recent mention of Instagram was a 9 July tweet about cyberbullying.
The proposed ban hasn’t been mentioned on any of the presidency’s communication channels or reported by any credible news organisations.
Tolu Ogunlesi, Buhari’s special assistant, said on his verified Twitter account that the claim was false.
He tweeted: “Anyways, this is fake news. You can tell where it came from by watching the people sharing it most enthusiastically on social media. No such meeting or ‘deliberation’ happened. There is no such thing as ‘Ministerial Council’, too. It’s called Fed Exec Council (FEC).”
The screenshot has been manipulated, and the Instagram ban is a hoax. – Motunrayo Joe
Babu wata hujja da ta tabbatar cewa gwamnatin tarayya zata haramta amfani da shafin sada zumunta na Instagram
Wani hoto da ake dauka don nuna abun da ke bayyane a fuskar waya, na nuni da gida talabijin na channels na yada wani rahoto cewar gwamnatin tarayyar Najeriya zata haramta amfani da shafin sada zumunta na Instagram. Hoton ya samu yaduwa matuka a kafafen sada zumunta. A yanzu haka an wallafa a karo da dama a shafin Facebook cewa labarin karya ne.
Hoton ya nuna alamar gidan talabijin na channels. Inda gidan talabijin din ke watsa muhimman kanun labarai da taken “Gwamnatin tarayya ta haramta amfani da shafin sada zumunta na Instagram: Shugaban kasa Muhammadu Buhari." Kanun labaran na cewa: “Shugaba kasa Muhammadu Buhari ya ce gwamnatin tarayya na duba yiwuwar haramta amfani da shafin sada zumunta na Instagram a Najeriya. Shugaban kasar ya furta hakan ne a yau jimkadan bayan kammala taron majalisar ministoci a Abuja. Ya ce shafin sada zumunta na Instagram ya mai da matasa masu son jiki, don haka dole a kawo karshen hakan.”
Hoton na dauke da tambarin gidan talabijin na channels, amma wannan gidan talabijin ne ya yada wannan jita-jita? Kuma gwamnatin tarayya ce ta ce zata haramta shafin Instagram? Mun samu yin binciken gaskiyar batun.
Mataimakin Buhari ya yi magana akan batun
Mun duba shafin Twitter na gidan talabijin din amma babu abun da muka samu da ya danganci maganar.
Babu wani labari makamancin wannan a kafofin watsa labarai mallakar gwamnatin tarayya kuma babu wata ingantacciyar kafar watsa labarai da ta wallafa labarin.
Ba mu samu nasarar samun shafin Twitter da ya fara wallafa labarin ba. Tolu Ogunlesi mai bawa shugaban kasa shawara na musamman ya wallafa a shafin sa na Twitter cewa labarin karya ne.
Ya wallafa cewa: “Wannan labari dai karya ne. Zaku tabbatar da hakan idan kuka yi laakari da irin mutanen da ke yada labarin. Babu wani abu makamancin wannan da aka shirya yi. Haka nan babu wani abu wai majalisar ministoci. Majalisar zartarwa aka sani.”
Wannan hoton mai kunshe da abun da ke dauke a fuskar waya da ake ta yadawa karya ne. – Motunrayo Joel
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