A fake video report about Kenya’s general election, produced to make it look like it is an episode of the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme, has been circulating on social media.
Contained in the fake report is a bogus poll which indicates that President Uhuru Kenyatta will win next week’s election.
Where the fake BBC news story, which began appearing on WhatsApp on Friday morning, originaed was is not clear, but another fake report made to look as if it came from American broadcaster CNN has also been circulating.
The fake CNN report cuts from a CNN Philippines broadcast to a fake video that uses the CNN logo. However, the font used in the headlines is visibly different from the one used by the broadcaster.
CNN took to Twitter to confirm that the video report is fake, while the BBC has urged Kenyans to verify any stories claiming to be from the broadcaster by visiting the BBC website.
A recent survey suggested that 90% of Kenyans had seen or heard false news in the run-up to the poll, with many of the people surveyed saying they felt that some news items had 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.