PNP uncovers rehashed ‘fake news’

PNP uncovers rehashed ‘fake news’

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — The Philippine National Police is blocking recent attempts at disinformation on social media of a fake news item posted five years ago.

The PNP, thru the Anti-Cybercrime Group, is conducting its own 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, PNP Chief, Police General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr. cautioned the public anew to be wary of fake news circulating on social media and be responsible in sharing and posting information.

“Please always be mindful of the authenticity of the information and the credibility of its source,” Azurin said.

“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,” the Chief PNP added.

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. (ai/mtvn)

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