Tuesday 2 June, 2020

TTPS warns of fines, jail time for sharing fake news

There have been calls from both the Government and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) for citizens to stop sharing fake news on the COVID-19 virus.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Health was forced to respond to a fake Whatsapp message, claiming that there were 51 COVID-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago over a 48 hour period.

T&T has tested 63 people and there have been two confirmed cases.

The TTPS is therefore warning citizens that if they share fake news, they can be fined or imprisoned.

The Summary Offences Act Chapter 11:02 states:
• Any person who— (a) sends any message by telephone which is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene, or menacing

• character; or

• (b) sends any message by telephone, or any telegram, which he knows to be false, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to any other person; or

• (c) persistently makes telephone calls without reasonable cause and for any such purpose as mentioned above, is liable on summary conviction to a fine of two hundred dollars

• or to imprisonment for one month.

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