KUALA LUMPUR: The spate of fake news related to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak has prompted Twitter to urge local users to seek credible information from the Health Ministry.
The social media platform displays a message prompting users to visit the ministry’s official account when they key in search words for the coronavirus.
Users who key in search words such as coronavirus, nCoV, Wuhan or 2019nCoV will receive a message in Bahasa Malaysia informing them that they can get valid information on the virus from the ministry and its MyHEALTH portal.
Twitter’s message includes links to the ministry’s Twitter handles @KKMPutrajaya and MyHEALTH’s at @MyHEALTHKKM.
Social media users lauded the move as they believe fake news could confuse the people.
Khairunnisa Ismail, 25, who goes by the Twitter handle @khxrnnisa, hoped Malaysian Twitter users would heed the advice.
“The situation is getting out of control. Twitter had to step in to ensure Malaysians get legitimate information on the virus.
“So much fake news has been circulating through retweets and it confuses the people.
“Some people even edit pictures for jokes but, of course, not everybody gets it. Some end up…
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