Celebrities that have fallen victim to fake news
The concluded August General elections was met with numerous fake news stories being circulated, particularly on social media.
Some Kenyans however did not heed the warnings and went ahead to share whatever “news” they deemed fit to share with a good number of them hiding behind famous celebrities’ names as well as big television stations.
Some celebrities have even been “killed” by the internet.
Plive.co.ke compiled a list of some of the celebrities that have fallen victim of fake news not only during the electioneering period but throughout the years.
A fake Facebook page was created under KISS 100’s Linda Nyangweso’s name with the user posting up a cropped photo of Honorable Raila Odinga’s eyes captioning the photo
“Hii sio sura ya president. Hii ni sura ya muuaji.”
Some people were quick to react to the post with some of them hurling insults at the fake radio presenter’s views on the page.
The KISS Drive presenter however cleared her name via an Instagram post condemning the people behind the fake account apologizing for any distress caused.
NTV’s Trevor Ombija was another victim of fake news when an unknown NTV report showing Honorable Raila in the lead during the polls was circulating all over social media.
Right after the report, Trevor Ombija was shown to be that day’s news anchor.
This “report” started circulating after IPSOS polls had revealed that President-elect Kenyatta was in the lead during the polls.
Ombija was quick to clarify that the report was indeed fake news.
A Facebook post of Lupita Nyong’o inciting Kenyans that the just concluded August elections were rigged and making her support for Raila clear has been making its way round social media circles.
In the post, the 12 Years a Slave actress calls out Former United States Secretary of State John Kerry for apparently “rushing the decisions of observers in Kenya”.
Lupita Nyong’o’s Facebook account is verified while the other account is not.
Since the day famous rapper Khaligraph Jones was accused of bleaching his skin, he has been the main topic of ridicule among many Kenyans despite him clearing the air that he definitely has not bleached his skin attributing his lighter complexion to facial scrubs, drinking clean water and not staying in the sun for too long.
He was not spared during the electioneering period either as a fake tweet from Khaligraph Jones stated that he had not been allowed to vote due to “the IEBC guys here at the station are saying that the person on my ID ain’t me”.
He however clarified that that was a fake account via his actual tweeter account.
Citizen TVs Lilian Muli was earlier on this year allegedly giving out free iPhones with the 100 winner being offered to be massaged.
A number of people actually fell for the scam but Lilian cleared the air via her Instagram page saying that that was an impostor.
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