Cops probe netizen for fake news claiming 41 teachers died from vaccine

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Cops probe netizen for fake news claiming 41 teachers died from vaccine
Cops probe netizen for fake news claiming 41 teachers died from vaccine

Police have launched an investigation on a Twitter account owner suspected of spreading fake news related to the list of teachers who allegedly died due to the Covid-19 vaccine.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Abd Jalil Hassan said that the investigation is being conducted under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation, Section 505 (c) of the Penal Code for intent to incite or which is likely to incite any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community of persons.

"The account owner is also being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for misusing network facilities," he said in a statement yesterday.

This came after Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin ordered health authorities to lodge a police report against the social media user who allegedly spread fake news against the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Abd Jalil noted that the tweet uploaded by the account owner identified as khalid@khalids on the allegations that 41 teachers had died due to the Covid-19 vaccine had received various reactions from netizens.

A 31-second video clip on the alleged list went viral on social media on Friday, but the Twitter account is no longer accessible and was believed to have been deactivated.

"Police advise the public to be vigilant against those who seek to disrupt the smooth running of the government’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

"The public is also urged to be smart, prudent social media users and not use the platform to disseminate unverified information," said Abd Jalil.

He added that stern action will be taken against individuals who deliberately threatened public order and safety.

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