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23 December 2017 11:10 am

MOI urges public to verify facts officially before sharing fake news

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The Ministry of Interior has denied rumours that a young girl was kidnapped in Al Rayyan area and asked people not to spread rumours and to take information only from official sources.

“Spreading rumours and information from unknown sources through social media may harm the society and expose who ever spreads it to legal accountability,” said the Ministry on its official Twitter account.

“The news about kidnapping a baby in Al Rayyan is not true because in every school bus there is supervisor who ensures the children reach their homes. Also everyone knows that Qatar is a safe country so how can this happen so suddenly,” a source at the Ministry told The Peninsula.

Regarding who was behind spreading rumours related to security issues or traffic issues like the increase of traffic fines, he said that “there are many reasons behind them. First, there are some foreign entities who try to spread these rumours specially in this period. The second thing is that this kind of news are interesting for every one which make them spread quickly.”

Some people also spread these rumours as a kind of joke while some spread them not knowing that they are not true because of lack knowledge like re-tweeting old tweets and posting them again on Facebook or send them in WhatsApp groups until they reach more people and believe that they are true, he added.

“We advice people in case of hearing any rumours to check only the official sources. They have to know that in case there are any important news, the Ministry will announce it. The Ministry also has a team available any time to reply and give the facts either via Twitter, Facebook, or Snapchat,” the source clarified.

“We can notice that most of the rumours which spread these days in social media are negative news which means they are not true. They usually say that there is increase in fines of traffic violations, or about residency and security issue because those who spread them focus only on issues which are important to people, but people have be careful and not believe them, he said.

Replying to a question about what happens to violators of the Ministry’s rules, he said that there is a section concerned to follow the electronic procedures and the violators will be sent to Public Prosecution.

Source The Peninsula Qatar