African Leaders Fall Prey To Fake News Generating Foreign PR Companies

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Bell Pottinger CEO James Henderson

Bell Pottinger CEO James Henderson has resigned over fake news tweet. The United Kingdom (UK) put the PR company under the radar for a breach in the code of conduct regulating the industry.

Bell Pottinger is said to have been hired by the Gupta Family , a prominent family in South Africa of Indian Origin. The Gupta family was in the recent past accused of mass bribery of government officials including President Jacob Zuma.

The Gupta Family hired the PR company to clean up their tarnished reputation. The PR firm is said to have started a campaign that aroused the emotions of the Black inhabitants of South Africa.

Using the hashtag #WhiteMonopolyCapital a lot of emotions were aroused triggering an uproar in a country that has for years suffered the perks of racial segregation.

The hashtag served as a distraction for the apparent state capture by the Gupta family in South Africa.

A similar scenario was experienced in Kenya ahead of the 2017 elections where a video of fake news titled Kenya 2020 appeared on social media platforms. Apart from that, a company called Cambridge Analytica, responsible for Trumps campaign, was also hired by the Jubilee party in the country to run propaganda campaigns against the leading opposition coalition (NASA) and its leader, Raila Odinga.

The fact that social media is unregulated and tracing of origin is almost impossible makes it easier to circulate unverified pieces of information especially if they have very controversial subjects.

In the professionally edited video circulated online, there was an apparent display of what would become of Kenya with Raila Odinga as its President. It showed of a war zone with bad health facilities and scarcity of food and water.

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Written by Merxcine Cush

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