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PNP targeting fake news aimed at org

September 22, 2022 - Thursday 3:09 PM by Glen Jacob Jose

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The Philippine National Police(PNP) announced that it is blocking attempts at disinformation on social media of a fake news item posted five years ago.

PNP Chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said thru the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group is conducting its investigation to gather more inputs to support its request for Facebook to permanently take down the newsfeed that has been fact-checked as “fake news.”

At the same time, Azurin cautioned the public to be wary of fake news circulating on social media and be responsible for sharing and posting information.

“Please always be mindful of the authenticity of the information and the credibility of its source. Unverified information or any information that cannot be independently validated as factual should always be dealt with caution and prudence, especially if the source is dubious or unknown,” Azurin said in a statement.

A 2017 post on Facebook about the alleged discovery of a dismembered body in Quezon City has been proven by the Quezon City Police District to be a hoax.

Just recently, the same newsfeed was reposted and shared by some netizens.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Brig for his part. Gen. Jonnel Estomo said he has been exerting effort to respond to the veracity of the alleged viral information posted on social media. 

He said the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) extracted optimum efforts to validate the said incident five years ago but found out that the negative reported incident was well established about this viral issue. 

“The same was also denied by then QCPD District Director Gen. Guillermo Eleazar (now retired chief PNP) in an answer also posted on social media. Amid the issue, QCPD in coordination with Anti-Cybercrime Group, is now investigating who are the alleged spreader of this fake news,” Estomo said in a separate statement. 

Estomo urged netizens to be wary of posting and sharing fake news on their social media accounts.

“Time and again, we are giving stern and strict warning to those who are uploader of fake news that if they are found to be responsible on matters such as this mess, a full force of the law will be accorded to them. We appeal to the public to be calm and avoid panic because the viral information is not true and never happened,” he stressed. 

“Nonetheless, we further call to the public to report to us immediately any information pertaining to this fake news uploaded and rest assured that NCRPO will run after them,” he added. 

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