ICIR launches online trivia game to checkmate spread of misinformation

The International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) has launched an online trivia game to checkmate the spread of misinformation during the 2023 general election.

A press release signed by the Editor, ICIR, Victoria Bamas, disclosed that the game portal was launched on Monday, February 20, to enable Nigerians checkmate election misinformation and disinformation in an exciting but educative manner.

The ICIR is an independent, non profit news agency with a mission to promote good governance, transparency and accountability through balanced and objective investigative reporting.

The Editor, FactCheckHub, Opeyemi Kehinde, said the online trivia game will help the public to identify and avoid sharing false information.

“As the election approaches, one of the issues of great concern in the civic space is the proliferation of false information.




     

     

    “During the election season, there has always been an increase in misinformation from politicians and their supporters aimed at discrediting opposition candidates or parties or dissuading voters.

    “The trivia game launched for the public this week will help the Nigerian public to be able to identify election misinformation spreading on various social networks, thus helping them to avoid sharing such false information and providing them with accurate information on their voting rights for election day,” Kehinde stated.

    According to data retrieved from the game platform, players agree that the ‘answer’ statements were reliable.

    Since the distribution of the game commenced on Monday, it has reached 951 players with 489 players completing the game in full.

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