Professor Wole Soyinka said fake news has become a threat to mankind and that it might even cause third world war.
Soyinka who is a panelist at BBC News‘ ‘Countering Fake News’ symposium said this in Abuja today said, “I’ve said this before that fake news may cause World War 3 and the fake news will be started by a Nigerian.”
He said it was unfortunate that many false statements have been attributed to him.
“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.