- November 19, 2021
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Police to hunt down social media users spreading fake images, videos of Kampala double explosions
According to police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, their cybercrime teams have launched a crackdown on social media users involved in spreading fake news, images and videos about the recent Kampala double explosions that happened on Tuesday morning.
Following the Tuesday morning blasts at the Central Police Station and along Parliamentary avenue, several videos and images purported to be of the double attack however, Enanga said some of the images were picked from other countries and were taken years ago and according to Enanga, this has created panic in the public.
Enanga made the announcement while addressing journalists on Thursday saying the force’s cyber unit has been tasked to look out for social media users who are involved in the spread of fake news aimed at causing panic among the public.
“Our cyber-crime teams have been given instructions to look for those sharing disturbing bomb images from other countries. Some of these people were sharing photos from West Africa and Kenya of incidents that happened many years ago,” Enanga said.
“The situation (bomb blasts) was not as bad as some of the images being shared on social media but those people want to create panic and fear among the public. We shall not let this continue. Our cyber teams will trace back the source of those disturbing images and videos.” he added.