The police has launch an investigation against a Twitter account owner for allegedly spreading fake news on a list of 41 teachers who supposedly died due to Covid-19 vaccine.
According to Bernama, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan said the police have received a police report lodged by the Health Ministry (MOH) on 10 October regarding the fake news, which was posted on Twitter on 8 October.
He said the investigation is being conducted under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation and 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.
He explained that the tweet uploaded by the owner of the account khalid@khalids claiming that 41 teachers had died due to the Covid-19 vaccine had received various reactions from netizens.
Kematian Guru :— Khalid (@khalids) October 7, 2021
Data ni dari AEFI Telegram group. https://t.co/wEwMXN1BD3 kalau salah, refer link tu kat situ,
Senarai Kematian Guru Sahaja Yang Dikongsikan
Dalam 17 hari Sahaja
31 Julai – 15 Ogos (41 kematian) pic.twitter.com/AIfJIFQTH7
The Twitter account had shared a 31-second short video in his series of tweet, including a list of teachers whom he claimed to have passed away during their vaccination.
“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.” he said.
He added that stern action will be taken against individuals who deliberately threaten public order and safety.
Last Friday (8 October), the Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin had in a tweet instructed the MOH to lodge a police report against social media users who are spreading false news related to the Covid-19 vaccine.