Oarabile is the founder of Funda, a community-driven movement committed to building an equitable digital space by advocating for digital rights in Africa. He is also a technology exchange (Tx) fellow with the Ford Foundation and works as a research fellow with Research ICT Africa.
What can be done?
Now is the time to start talking about the biggest social media platforms and to demand them to stop spreading viral disinformation. 2020 has been a challenging year: politics dividing society, misinformation peddled in social media platforms, deeply troubling acts of racial injustice, and the COVID-19 pandemic that kept us inside. We need to hold social media companies to account to make sure they are taking fast, effective action against disinformation campaigns — like they promised they would.
The Governments of Mozambique and Rwanda hosted a workshop on digital skills and discussed critical questions regarding challenges and possibilities in their respective countries.