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Beware Of Fake News In Social Media Posts

In the past few days there has been a proliferation of fake news on social media. It has prompted Media Industry Development Authority chairperson Ashwin Raj to issue a statement.
12 Nov 2018 13:10
Beware Of Fake News In Social Media Posts
Father Rogasio Raikivi, the Priest at Saint Peter’s Parish in Namosi.

In the past few days there has been a proliferation of fake news on social media.

It has prompted Media Industry Development Authority chairperson Ashwin Raj to issue a statement.

He is urging members of the public to refrain from posting fake news in relation to the elections on the social media under the pretext of a legitimate media organisation during the 48-hour blackout period.

“Serious penal liabilities will apply to those who are caught posting fake news during this period with the intent to either campaign for or malign or impugn political parties and candidates during the blackout period,” Mr Raj said.

“The intention of the 48-hour blackout period is to give voters reprieve so that they can cast their votes without undue pressure and influence,” Mr Raj said.

“MIDA is calling on members of the public, mainstream media as well as political parties and candidates to exercise vigilance and report immediately to MIDA or FEO should they come across such fake posts.”

 

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So if you are trawling social media be careful of new blog sites.

Fake News can be cunningly crafted to look real and sound good.

For your genuine and factual news always rely on the mainstream media.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj



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