Council backs campaign against fake information
A campaign to stop “dangerous” fake news about coronavirus has been endorsed by a senior Walsall councillor.
The Center for Countering Digital Hate's has launched the ‘Don’t Spread The Virus’ initiative advising social media users not to share or comment on falsehoods they find online.
“Nonsense” fake claims include helicopters being used to disinfect the air, lemon oil being a cure and a person being able to hold their breath meaning they don’t have coronavirus.
Councillor Garry Perry, Walsall Council’s portfolio holder for community, leisure and culture, said he also endorsed it. He added it was important to get positive news stories out there too to keep spirits up.
He said: “I have heard all sorts of nonsense and seen fake news stories circulating – disinfecting the air via helicopters at the weekend for example.
“It is imperative that we do all we can to heed the Government notice of staying safe, at home and protecting the NHS.
“We utilise the networks now available for those who need it and more importantly share the life out of positive news stories and social media entertainment – it gives people a real boost.”
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