Kenya election: Fake CNN and BBC news reports circulate

  • 29 July 2017
  • From the section Africa

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A report was made to look as though it was produced by the BBC Focus on Africa programme

A fake news report about Kenya’s election that is made to look as if it is from broadcaster CNN has been circulating on social media.

It comes after a fake video imitating the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme was also distributed on Friday.

Both videos had bogus surveys showing President Uhuru Kenyatta leading the polls ahead of August’s election.

A recent survey suggested that 90% of Kenyans had seen or heard false news in the run-up to the poll.

CNN has taken to Twitter to confirm that the video report is fake, while the BBC has urged people to verify any stories claiming to be from the broadcaster by visiting the BBC website.

The fake CNN report cuts from a CNN Philippines broadcast to a fake video that uses CNN logo. However, the font used in the headlines is visibly different from the one used by the broadcaster.

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CNN confirmed the report was fake via Twitter

A Portland/GeoPoll survey found that many Kenyans feel some news items about the elections have been deliberately misleading.

It also found that while traditional media remained the most trusted source of information, large numbers of people got their news from Facebook and WhatsApp.

The presidential election on 8 August will see incumbent President Kenyatta run against seven candidates including his main challenger, opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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