This is quite common in Brunei Darussalam. News, better it good or bad, spread like wildfire. Of course, for the sake of the community, a good valued viral message would be a winner. Somehow, more bad news tend to spread like wildfire. Now here’s the thing. Sometimes we don’t even really know if that news (bad or good) are really true but it’s already in our culture that spreading any kind of information is kinda normal or harmless.
Now things have changed and there have been many cases where fake news made headlines when the Royal Brunei Police Force has repeatedly warned such offenders that actions will be taken against anyone who is either using oral, written or any other means to distribute false information or making false statements that may cause interference with the public’s peace under Section 34, Chapter 148 of the Public Order Act, RBPF said, adding that the offence carries a penalty of imprisonment of three years and a fine of BND3,000.
Now the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) has also help in reducing such fake news as the members of the public can also report fake or malicious information circulated on social media thru means of Darussalam Hotline 123.
Besides dialing the Darussalam Hotline number (123), members of the public can also report instances of social media misuse, via WhatsApp to 8333123. Coolio 😀
So think twice before you post. Verify your source and make sure it’s legit.
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