Hoax ter­ror­ist post

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

A public Face­book post un­der­stood to have de­scribed a fake at­tempted ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent in Kar­ratha has prompted po­lice to re­mind peo­ple to be savvy on so­cial me­dia.

Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Andy Stevens said a post made to one of the Kar­ratha Buy Sell Swap Face­book pages last week claimed a per­son had been plan­ning to drive a ve­hi­cle into a lo­cal crowd be­fore it ran out of fuel and they were caught by po­lice. “None of it was true,” he said. The post was taken down soon after­wards. Sen. Sgt Stevens said while po­lice did not know the poster’s in­tent at this stage, peo­ple should keep in mind it could be dif­fi­cult to tell on so­cial me­dia.

He asked peo­ple to be scep­ti­cal of any un­usual in­for­ma­tion they read on so­cial me­dia.

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