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The Week That Was: A viral outbreak of fake news

Confused concerning the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)? Do you’ve fears concerning the virus as a consequence of all of the tales that you’ll have been getting by WhatsApp or Fb? Don’t be, as a result of you may combat pretend information with details.

For the reason that coronavirus outbreak in January, native healthcare professionals and authorities officers have urged Malaysians to not share unverified tales on social media platforms or messaging apps as a consequence of considerations that it might result in pointless panic.

In a current Bernama report, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail reminded those that the federal government had taken the required measures to curb the unfold of coronavirus in Malaysia.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail visiting KLIA2 to check on the country's progress at monitoring and preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. — MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The StarDeputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail visiting KLIA2 to verify on the nation’s progress at monitoring and stopping the unfold of the novel coronavirus. — MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

She stated the federal government has complied with commonplace working procedures in accordance with directives from the Nationwide Safety Council in addition to going with data supplied by the World Well being Organisation (WHO) and the Well being Ministry.

“The Cupboard has additionally applied a number of methods to bar the entry of vacationers and to deliver Malaysians dwelling from Wuhan, aside from mobilising the nation’s well being establishments to curb the unfold of the an infection,” she added.

Wuhan, the capital metropolis of the Hubei province in China that has been recognized because the epicenter of the outbreak, has been on lockdown since Jan 23 the place all types of public transportation have been suspended and folks in public areas resembling buying malls are required to don face masks.

If somebody in your loved ones group chat has been sending you so-called updates about alleged new infections amongst Malaysians, you may and will confirm it on the Well being Ministry portal first.

The Well being Ministry portal has a web page (bit.ly/386h7bu) devoted to the most recent data on coronavirus in Malaysia, together with a desk for the variety of suspected instances and a information on stopping an infection.

Then there’s Sebenarnya.My, a fact-checking portal by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Fee (MCMC) which has additionally arrange a web page (bit.ly/399FhBI) to debunk false viral social media tales on coronavirus.

Globally, social media platforms are additionally stepping as much as forestall customers from sharing false data associated to coronavirus. Fb in a current weblog posting stated it can restrict the unfold of misinformation and dangerous content material about coronavirus amongst customers on its platform.

“This consists of claims associated to false cures or prevention strategies – like consuming bleach cures the coronavirus – or claims that create confusion about well being sources which might be out there,” Fb said.

Facebook in a recent blog posting said it will limit the spread of ­misinformation and harmful ­content about coronavirus among users on its platform. — ReutersFb in a current weblog posting stated it can restrict the unfold of ­misinformation and dangerous ­content material about coronavirus amongst customers on its platform. — Reuters

The corporate can even block or prohibit hashtags used to unfold misinformation on Instagram and carry out actions to seek out and take away dangerous content material.

Then on Google’s search bar, the time period “coronavirus” will deliver up well being and data outcomes by WHO in addition to a information on Security Suggestions resembling urging customers to keep up good private hygiene and keep away from shut contact with anybody who has a chilly or flu-like signs.

Earlier, Rolling Stone journal had reported that some YouTubers claimed that consuming bleach can treatment coronavirus. YouTube advised the publication that it has eliminated such movies from its platform and shall be highlighting content material from respectable information organisations to customers who search “coronavirus”.

In the meantime, Malaysians trying to find the time period “coronavirus” on Twitter will get a message urging them to get verified data from the MyHealth and Well being Ministry accounts on the platform.

In case you’re considering what’s the hurt in forwarding the most recent information (even unverified ones) on coronavirus as a result of sharing is caring, beware – there are severe penalties to disseminating pretend information concerning the virus. On Jan 29, MCMC issued statements on a collection of arrests made in cooperation with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) associated to spreading pretend information.

On Jan 29, MCMC issued statements on a series of arrests made in ­cooperation with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) related to spreading fake news. — YAP CHEE HONG/The StarOn Jan 29, MCMC issued statements on a collection of arrests made in ­cooperation with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) associated to spreading pretend information. — YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

As of press time, 4 arrests have been made on suspicion of importing false details about the virus on to Fb – the primary was a 34-year-old particular person in Bangi, Selangor; the second a 49-year-old part-time tutor in Alor Setar, Kedah; whereas the third and fourth arrested have been two pharmacy assistants from Peringgit and Merlimau in Melaka, who have been detained to help with investigations.

One other arrest was of a 24-year-old pupil in Kuantan, Pahang who allegedly shared pretend content material about coronavirus on Twitter.

All suspects shall be investigated underneath Part 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998, which carries a most positive of RM50,000 or imprisonment of as much as one 12 months or each.

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