Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has warned on the danger in the spread of fake news.
He said it has become a threat to mankind, and could be the cause for World War 3.
Soyinka who was a panelist at BBC News‘ ‘Countering Fake News’ symposium said this in Abuja on yesterday.
He said, “I’ve said this before that fake news may cause World War 3 and the fake news will be started by a Nigerian.”
The playwright said it was unfortunate that many false statements have been attributed to him.
He added, “During the last Presidential election I was quoted as saying that it serves President Jonathan right for marrying an illiterate. Sometimes some people quote me as saying if you vote for a particular candidate, your mother is a goat or your father is a gorilla.”
Soyinka said last year he saw his obituary many times on social media causing many people to call his phone.