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4 Ways You Can Use The Internet To Follow Election News in Ghana

Once again the entire Ghanaian citizenry is about to go to the polls to select who is going to lead our constituencies and the entire country at large for the next four years. During this period, everything we see or hear on our phones and TV are reported by journalists.

Unlike the olden days where we relied on only radio and TV broadcasts, we can now access all the news on the internet. In Ghana nowadays, almost all radio stations have a website or stream their programs live on Facebook or YouTube.

Because of that, election coverage can be accessed by everyone who has a mobile phone, tablet, or computer with an internet connection. Also, one of the problems associated with this easy access to news is misinformation.

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What is Misinformation?

Misinformation is the process whereby false or inaccurate information is shared, especially that which is deliberately intended to deceive. This means that, the person who shared the news knew that the news was false but intentionally shared it with the public.

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To prevent all these from happening, I am coming to show you 4 ways you can use the internet to follow election news in Ghana.

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4 Ways You Can Use The Internet To Follow Election News in Ghana

The election news is going to be covered by both local and international news outlets and media houses. Some of these companies are going to cover fake news and others are going to cover original news.

Below are the 4 ways you can use the internet to follow election news in Ghana:

1. Subscribe to the Facebook and YouTube channels of all the top news channels in Ghana

As I stated earlier almost all the radio and TV stations in Ghana stream their programs on either Facebook or YouTube or both. Unlike the radio where you only hear the presenters talking, you can now see them and also watch the footages they will be covering.

Once you subscribe to the YouTube channel or follow them on Facebook, you will receive a notification once they start a live broadcast. You can then click on it to follow the live news broadcast from these top news outlets.

2. Continually check the website of the renowned news companies

Apart from social media, one other place we usually find news is via a news website. In Ghana alone, there are over 200 news websites; some of which consists of untrained news writers.

Because some of these websites are not trained in the field of journalism, or they lack adequate reporters, they copy the news stories from the renowned news companies in the country. This is the reason why I recommend that you only check the website of popular or renowned news companies.

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This is because these companies have enough reporters on the ground and as such, report news that are trustworthy and authentic. This doesn’t mean that you cannot check the other websites, but to stay away from misinformation, I will advise you to stay away from them for only the election.

3. Download the mobile app of your preferred news channel (if any)

Technology they say has indeed changed the world. Ghana although not a total technology country, has a very high technological potential as compared to the other African countries.

If you are someone who cannot check the Facebook and YouTube channel of your preferred news company or visit the website, then this is going to be the best solution for you. To do this, you, first of all, need to visit the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and search the name of your news company and then download their app.

Once you allow the app to send you notifications, whenever the company publishes a news story, you will be notified. Some of the apps even allow you to stream their programs live through the app without visiting any external link.

4. Use fact-checking tools to check whether the news is true or false

Finally, misinformation is the main problem associated with online news publications. Because of this, you need to use fact-checking tools to check the authenticity of the news story.

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Manually, you can check more than one news publications to see whether they are also covering the same news or you can use some of the online tools below:

  • Google fact check
  • Reverse image checker
  • Ghana Fact
  • Dubawa Ghana
  • Snopes, etc.

These are all fact-checking tools you can use to check whether a news story is true or false.

Conclusion

In conclusion, use all the above points stated to follow the election news in the upcoming elections.

Also, we are mfidie.com will like to advise everyone to cast their vote safely and avoid any form of disagreement which can escalate to violence. We only have one Ghana so let’s try and protect it.

The entire mfidie.com team stands for PEACE before, during, and after the 2020 elections.

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