With the proliferation of fake news on social media, the latest incident involves Caleb Kositany, the Chairman of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), and a counterfeit news article.
The article claimed that the US Federal Reserve had initiated an investigation into Kenya's 2014 $2.75 billion Euro Bond, a statement that was soon refuted by the supposed author of the article, Demetri Sevastopulo, a Financial Times correspondent.
Unveiling the Falsehood
The disputed article, circulating on social media and dated November 28, was falsely attributed to Sevastopulo, who is renowned for his reporting on US-China relations.
Acting swiftly on the misleading information, Sevastopulo denounced the news article through his official Twitter account. He declared that he had not written any story regarding Kenya's Euro Bond issue and criticized Kositany for disseminating false information.
Sevastopulo's swift response was acclaimed by some Kenyans on Twitter, who criticized Kositany for spreading disinformation and praised the journalist for his immediate reaction. This appreciation underscored the importance of confirming information before circulating it, especially on influential platforms like social media.
The Aftermath and Unresolved Actions
Despite the controversy and public correction, Kositany had not removed the misleading tweet at the time this incident was reported.
This incident underscores the need for accountability, especially for people in influential positions, to ensure that they do not contribute to the spreading of fake news, which can have far-reaching implications.