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ANALYSIS OF FAKE NEWS AMONG STUDENTS OF HIGHER INSTITUTIONS

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The study analysed fake news among students of higher institutions with a focus of Institute of Management and Technology and Caritas University, Enugu. Fake news has hindering the social, economy and political nature of this country as it did not only deprive the conventional media its integrity, trust and reliability but also ruin the act of information gathering. The study was anchored on Social Responsibility Theory and Technology Determinism Theory. The study employed survey research method alongside the used of questionnaire as data collection instrument to elicit responses from respondents. Krejuice and Morgan Formula was adopted to determine sample size of 380 from the population of 34,500. The data collected were analysis using frequency and percentage method. The findings of the study show that majority of respondents hate fake news, opined that fake news is an abuse of freedom of expression while majority of them agree that Facebook and Whatsapp are often used by students to spread fake news. Although, many of the respondents (66.7%) agree that fake news often spread through social media. Significant number of the respondents (36.7%) agreed that ethnicity and religion affiliation bring about the spread of fake news. It is recommended that member of the public should possess media literacy skill to be able to think critically about the information they consume.

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