Facebook and Twitter posts shared more than one thousand times claim Nigeria is proposing death by hanging for anyone who speaks out against the government in an anti-hate speech bill currently before the senate. This is misleading; AFP explains the current state of the controversial bill.
An article shared thousands of times on various Facebook pages claims that a New York restaurant called ‘SKIN’ is the first in the world to get a licence to serve human flesh as food. This is false; the article is purely fictional but is being shared as real news.
An article shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook claims that 6,000 Christians were killed in Nigeria by armed Fulani herdsmen over a six-month period last year. However, there is no evidence to support the claim.
Multiple posts shared by thousands of people in Nigeria claim a man sentenced to death is set to be released after surviving three lethal injections. This is false; AFP traced the article to a news parody website.
Videos which have racked up thousands of views on Facebook since at least 2017 claim to show former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo being beaten by fellow Ivorians in Paris. However, this man is not Gbagbo — the footage shows a man who was assaulted outside the Ivorian embassy in Paris in 2011, reportedly after a mob accused him of supporting Gbagbo.
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