How Facebook derailed Nigeria’s #EndSARS movement

Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, during a visit to Kenya. Image by Afromusing, September 1, 2016 (CC BY 2.0).As Nigerian security forces gunned down youth protesters on October 22, during #EndSARS rallies to end police brutality, social media posts actively sharing the news on Facebook and Instagram were falsely flagged as “fake news.”For over two weeks, #EndSARS protests were held in many Nigerian cities and communities in the diaspora. SARS, the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Nigerian police notorious for acting outside the law, has, over the years, arrested, tortured and killed citiz…

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