Gauteng police have appealed to citizens to assist them in dispelling and condemning the spreading of fake social media posts.
Gauteng police head of corporate communications and liason, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters has urged citizens to verify social media posts via the official SAPS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages or log onto the SAPS website (www.saps.gov.za) to verify information prior to sharing or spreading false information.
According to Brigadier Peters, the spreading of fake news on social media platforms only serve to advance criminality and perpetuate intolerance and hatred by instilling fear amongst citizens and instigate further violence.
In the latest incident, a fake news story purporting that 17 children at a Kathlehong school were abducted by foreign nationals has been strongly condemned by police.
Meanwhile, police will be maintaining a high visibility presence in all part of the province until stability is restored.
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