Godwin Azemho Esimokha


This research investigated the influence of social media fake news on Southwest youths’ perception of its implications for national Security.   Survey research technique was used to generate data. Employing Cochran (1997) statistical formula for determining sample size, data were collected from 588 youths between the ages of 18-35 in nine chosen local government areas in Southwest states of Nigeria. The data obtained were analysed quantitatively using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 25.0.  The result depicts that fake news has a high implication on national security. This study recommends that social media users should be educated on media literacy skills which will help improve their fake news detection ability; members of the society should be enlightened on the detrimental consequences of fake news on national security. Finally, government should enact laws to regulate individuals, online journalists and citizen journalists who spread false information on social media platforms.


Social media, Youth, Fake news, National Security.

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