Kiven Brenda, #AFFCameroon Cohort 4 Fellow
“Before #AFFCameroon, I did not care about fake news and if I see someone propagating it, I just ignore it and move. I was also guilty of certain biases and used hate words, though not too much but it was there. I didn’t really take time to verify information before I forwarded and I clicked “like ” on a deep Fake without considering the fact that humour could sometimes be a gateway to hate speech.
After my #AFFCameroon experience, it is quite difficult for me to like, comment or share any information, without verification. I now have this shield that guards me against fake news or hate speech. Unlike before, if someone drops information in a group I belong to; I immediately verify and inform the group if it is fake. The knowledge on fact checking I gained from the training has pushed me to diversify my skills by applying for more training opportunities so as to stand out in my work”.