Facebook and Comic Republic have announced the launch of ‘No False News Zone’, an online and educational comic book designed to help Nigerians think critically about the messages they read online.

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The online comic book, which will be released in three parts, will help readers to identify false news and what they can do to help minimise its spread.

It will also feature the stories of an experienced nurse, an intern reporter, and a university student who are on their personal journey to educate people on how to curb false news, and also join the fight against misinformation.

Speaking of the book, Oluwasola Obagbemi, Facebook’s corporate communications manager for Anglophone West Africa said, said: “Facebook is excited to launch its #NoFalseNewsZone online comic book in collaboration with the Comic Republic.

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“We’ve come up with relatable and exciting stories to keep people entertained as we educate them on how to minimise its spread.

“As a pioneer of innovation for human connection through social presence, Facebook has given people the power to build communities and bring the world closer together in new and profound ways.

“Our hope is that with this online comic book, people will make informed decisions by thinking critically about what they read, trust and share.”

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On the collaboration, Jide Martin, Comic Republic CEO, added: “In a world where we are online for everything essential, it is now critical that we protect our new reality.

“More than ever, with just one tap online, you can either make or mar a life. As such, we must all be accountable for the information we share on social media.

“Comic Republic’s mission is rooted in storytelling for a cause, so the #NoFalseNewsZone campaign is right up our alley and such a thrill to work on.

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“I urge people to read and pass it on but most of all, really think before you share unverified messages with their contacts. We don’t need superpowers to do good.”

Download the series here.



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