Does Ghana have a budding fake news problem?
In Ghana, 71% of respondents to this survey
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NEWS & PLATFORMS
How much do people in Ghana trust social media platforms as sources of news? A lot! A recent survey shows that social media platforms, Facebook and WhatsApp were deemed untrustworthy by over one-third of Ghana’s youth population (37% and 35%, respectively). Google is also trusted by nearly three-quarters of the population. The survey also asked people where they get their news from. In Ghana, social media apps drive the news Over eight in ten young Ghanaians surveyed said that social media applications like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, are the most important ‘apps’ on their smartphone. ‘News’ apps on the other hand are important to only 31% of the population surveyed. The survey throws up some worries, given that a lot of fake news is pushed through social media platforms. Should Ghanaians trust social media platforms a little less? This article certainly thinks so!

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TWITTER IS MAKING SOME CHANGES
Twitter is making some changes to its policy on hacked materials... What does this mean? Before now, Twitter's policy was clear: it removed tweets including hacked materials. The policy has been in place since 2018. But now the social media company is backtracking, following some heat it received. What informed the changes? A New York Times Post article referred to some emails allegedly sent by the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. Although Twitter blocked the link, the story shot up to the top of trending topics anyway and surprisingly, Twitter responded with a policy reversal. That policy change now means that Twitter will no longer remove tweets that feature hacked information unless they are posted directly by the hacker. One big takeaway: Rest easy news outlets, you're now in the clear. Bonus: Content moderation is still not an exact science.
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