Clickbait post lures Ethiopians with false story about student inventing maths formula and mobile app

Updated on 19/08/2022 at 17:40

A post in Ethiopia shared more than a thousand times claims that a university whizzkid who secured a US scholarship to complete his doctorate has “invented” a new maths formula available as a mobile app. But although the student, Raji Ashenafi Mamade, exists, the claim was shared by a hoax account impersonating the bright scholar. Ashenafi has denied creating a theorem or app and said he has reported the imposter page to Facebook. The fake post contains a link that leads to a popular maths app on the Google Play Store.