As creating panic right now in the society is the biggest misdemeanor as people across the length and breadth of entire world are going through the worst time of their life due to prevailing health uncertainty on account of invisible threat of corona contagion, the rumour mongers in the newly carved out J&K UT are not missing any opportunity to add to the chaos and misery by spreading misinformation on COVID-19 cases and other issues of public interest creating hurdles in the working of those government functionaries who are on toes to bail out people from the clutches of lethal coronavirus which has crossed boundaries across world to wreak havoc. Despite the fact that police has warned of strict stringent action against those who spread misleading and unverified information or on social media regarding COVID-19 and other matter having potential to flare up situation, the trail of such incidents is continuing unabated. In the latest instances, two fake messages were spread like wild fire on social media first about positive COVID-19 cases in a locality situated on the outskirts of Jammu City and second one comprising order of 4G Internet restoration in J&K raising hopes of many awaiting for this service. An order akin to this, of course fake, was also circulated couple of days back giving headache of lifetime to those associated with the impact of these bogus messages and the police, which has to track down these trouble mongers. Such posts can potentially lead to panic and terror among the masses and even prove detrimental as far as unverified messages on health remedies and treatment of COVID-19 are concerned. Monitoring social media activities by the cyber wings of police can make a huge difference in combating the unscrupulous activities of rumour mongers. Exemplary punitive action against those found spreading such kind of false news and other contents can deter others from doing this kind of misdeeds. In a step which is need of the hour, the police has also appealed to television news channels, newspapers and web portals to publish news related to coronavirus after confirming the same from authorised sources. Police has also warned that strict action will be taken against those who forward or share false news. Instead of forwarding messages recklessly, it is better to connect to official pages and handles of concerned government officials to get authentic information without any ambiguity.
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