Social Media Roundup: CNN, #LekkiMassacre, #Fleets, and Other Trending Stories


Hi guys, trust you had a great week. While you’re going about your weekend plans, take a moment to sit back and relax as we bring you the many trends that have been making the rounds across social media.

Twitter Introduces Fleets

Twitter added its new “fleets” feature during the week. Similar to Instagram stories, Fleets allows users to share transient thoughts through text, upload photos/videos, gifs and share tweets from others.

Suggested read: All You Need to Know About Using Twitter’s New Fleets Feature

Some twitter users felt Fleets wasn’t a necessary addition to Twitter, with the general opinion that not every social media app needs the “stories” feature. WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn all have stories.

Not everyone didn’t welcome fleets though. A number of people are happy they can now share stories on the app.

Others called for Twitter to introduce an edit button instead, which would allow users to revisit earlier tweets and make any corrections to oversights or misleading information.

But it seems Fleets is here to stay and indeed users have taken to it like fish to water.

CNN Investigation into Lekki Shootings

American broadcasting service, Cable News Network CNN published the video report of their investigations into the events that transpired at Lekki tollgate on 20-10-2020. The report concluded that the Nigerian Army indeed opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters, killing some in the process.

CNN verified that soldiers fired live ammunition at protesters, stating that some of the bullet casings examined matched those currently in use by the Nigerian army.

Many Nigerians commended CNN on the investigation which contradicts the government’s stance and further demanded that justice should be served.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria government through the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has called for a sanction on CNN over the report without explicitly denying that the investigation is accurate.

Nigerians Remember Victims of #LekkiMassacre

A month since the #LekkiMassacre incident when young #EndSARS protesters were killed by security operatives, Nigerians across social media have put up posts to remember those who lost their lives.

Suggested read: #EndSARS: How FG’s Clampdown Could Alter the Nature of Protests in Nigeria

Bolt Backlash for #DrivenBySafety Campaign

Ride-hailing company, Bolt was again berated by Nigerians for its #DrivenBySafety online campaign. The social media influencers who promoted the campaign weren’t spared either as Nigerians dragged them all across Twitter.

Suggested read: #DrivenBySafety Campaign Backlash: Bolt Explains its Intentions, Efforts

Many people criticised the move, saying it failed to address the underlying issues regarding the questionable conduct of Bolt drivers reported by several riders.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comment section.

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