Majority of Zambians want to protect unrestricted access to social media and Internet, Afrobarometer survey shows

Free speech

A majority of Zambians say social media and the Internet help people be better citizens, and unrestricted access to them should be protected, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows. 

Among Zambians who are familiar with social media, most say it has both positive effects, such as keeping citizens informed, and negative effects, such as making them more likely to believe false information. Overall, positive assessments of social media’s impact on society outnumber negative assessments by 2-to-1.

As for who spreads fake news – via social media or any other media outlet – most Zambians blame politicians and political parties.