The Human Rights Commission has expressed worry with the spread of fake news on social media amidst a rise in gassing incidents in some parts of the country.
In an interview with Byta FM News in Mazabuka, the Commission’s Spokesperson, Mwelwa Muleya noted with concern an increase in people using social media to spread falsehoods.
Muleya blames some fake publications on the chemical gassing incidents on social media as leading to alarming the situation – as opposed using the new technology in a good way.
He explains that social media has power to destroy the country and has therefore called on ZICTA to curb the spread of fake news.
A total 43 people have been killed while 23 others sustained injuries in mob justice cases that police say emanated “from false alarm” in gassing terrors, disclosed Inspector General, Kakoma Kanganja on Friday.
Kanganja also disclosed that police had as at Friday recorded 1, 687 victims from 511 reports connected to chemical spraying of poisonous substances on households.