Taking note of fake news and rumours being floated on social media groups like Whatsapp, Facebook, twitter, Nagaland police have urged and advised all concerned to exercise extreme caution while circulating information on social media.
In a press release on Thursday, Nagalad director general of police Rupin Sharma said these news items have created false alarm in the society and added that these can take an ugly turn sometimes by causing conflict among various sections of the public.
“Such news can, within no time spiral out of control, causing huge damage to the life and property,” the DGP warned.
Sharma pointed out that the speed of transmission of information or data or rumours on social media is so fast that damage control, at times, becomes almost impossible. Therefore, he requested that all social media users to exercise extreme caution while sharing any such information with friends or public.
The state police chief also suggested that if anyone feels that any information is a rumour or likely to cause embarrassment or disaffection to any person or community or a section of the society, it is better to first get such information checked or authenticated from official channels or sources.
He explained that an element of criminality is also associated with people originating such information or also sharing such information.