Majority of Tanzanians want unrestricted access to social media but are wary of fake news and intolerance

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A majority of Tanzanians support unrestricted access to social media, but most are also wary of its potential dangers, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

Among Tanzanians who have heard of social media, large majorities believe that such platforms help make people more informed and effective citizens. However, most also say that social media make people more likely to believe false news and more intolerant of people with different opinions.

Overall, Tanzanians are almost evenly divided on whether the impact of social media on society is positive or negative.