The rise of social media has seen the spread of fake news escalate and everyone (individuals and brands) have to be careful in their reportage of events – verification is highly important.
On Thursday, Lauretta Onochie, social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted a photo of an ongoing road project, with the caption: “Nasarawa – Jos Road BUHARI AGAIN!!! Sai Baba.”
A Twitter user noticed it and shared a photo of the stock image which costs $12 alongside Onochie’s tweet.
Look at the kind of fantastic roads Buhari is building in Jos! ? pic.twitter.com/FrgUhD5RpX
— Nejeeb Bello Oyarese (@NejeebBello) September 20, 2018
Onochie went on to apologise, saying it won’t happen again.
My big mistake.
Apologies to all, friends and wailers alike.
It won't happen again. pic.twitter.com/G3pZroVU0J
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) September 21, 2018