Judith Nabakooba, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance has said that the increasing spread of fake news in the country has left hundreds in panic and fear.
Nabakooba while officiating the handover ceremony for the Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU) said her ministry is in the process of reviewing the Government Communication Policy and will train public relations officers on how to respond promptly to correct the bad impression that could have been created by the fake news.
Few days after elections, government restored both the internet and social media platforms that was switched off a few days to the January 14th’s election day.
She added that the position to switch them off was created by the fact that there was a lot of misinformation that was being generated on these platforms that could easily plunge the country into instability.
“Despite government’s change of heart, some social media users have continued to spread fake news,” she added.
PRAU members said they were concerned about the unregulated public relation practices in the country.