Qatar MoI warns residents against spreading rumours

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Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) has advised the public not to spread rumours and unverified stories, especially on social media.

Those involved in rumour-mongering and spreading of stories from unknown sources will be held legally accountable, the Ministry warned.

Observing that rumours spread fast the MoI noted in a post on Facebook that rumour mongers “love to spread anything without verifying its sources”.

Sometimes people share reports of incidents that have actually occurred in other places while others spread fake news about huge discounts on traffic or other types of violations, the post said, adding that some others spread old messages and posts as something new.

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“We advise the public to keep away from rumours and rumour mongers and not share any information without verifying its sources. Always try to get information from the official sources,” the ministry said.

“Rumour-mongering and spreading stories from unknown sources will harm others and those involved will be held legally accountable. Let’s join together for a secure community,” the post added.

Published on 10 May 2017

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