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Woman fined for spreading child kidnapping rumour online

Update: November, 20/2017 - 14:00
Inaccurate information on Facebook causes confusion among the public. – Photo vietnamplus
Viet Nam News

THANH HÓA — The Department of Information and Communications of the central province of Thanh Hóa has fined a woman VNĐ5 million (US$222) for spreading rumours about children being kidnapped on her Facebook page.

Trần Thị Hường, 24, from Thiệu Trung Commune, had posted and shared many stories relating to the kidnapping of children in Vĩnh Lộc District on her Facebook account, causing great confusion and anxiety among the public, according to the department.

The department worked with the local police to investigate the case and found that all the related news and stories posted and shared by Hường were false.

At the local police office, she admitted that she had copied the news stories from other Facebook pages and then edited them and reposted them on her Facebook page, with the aim of attracting “likes.”

Apart from an administrative fine, the department also requested Hường to delete all incorrect information from her Facebook page.

In July, a woman in the central city of Đà Nẵng was fined VNĐ12.5 million ($555) for publishing similar false information about children being kidnapped on her Facebook page. — VNS

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