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RBPF: Police warn against irresponsible use of social media
By Stephen Dean RBPF
Oct 3, 2017 - 10:10:38 AM

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In light of the growing trend of false posts on social media about murders and other serious crimes, which in some cases caused panic our communities, the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) is appealing to members of the public to be more responsible while online.

More recently, social media sites such as Facebook and the popular “What’s App” messenger platform were being bombarded with various stories of multiple murders and armed robberies which were unfounded.

While Social media is a helpful medium for both the community and the police, however, the hoaxes, fake news and the dissemination of false information which we have experienced of late not only sows panic among our communities, but also wastes the police's time and resources.

Finally, members of the public are being urged to always seek information from the police and trusted news agencies only, to avoid causing unnecessary stress to those affected or who may be affected by a crime.

POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC TO SHARE INFORMATION ON ANY
ILLEGAL/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8477 (FAMILY ISLANDS)


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