Fake news on social media: what to believe in

09.01.2022, 19:12

Despite restricted Internet access, fake news continues to spread on social media in Kazakhstan. Among them is the one saying that the Taliban sent 2,000 its soldiers to the capital. The Nur-Sultan Commandant’s office officially denied this information and urged not to respond to provocations and not to panic. The situation in the capital is under the full control, they added.

A rumor about the seizure of a military biolab near Almaty was fake. Kazakh residents actively sent information to each other in messengers claiming that specialists in chemical protection suits were working near the building and that dangerous pathogens could leak. The news was officially denied by the Kazakh Health Ministry.

One more old fake news got out on social media. The newsletter says that again loans of Kazakh residents will be written off. The credit amnesty report, as expected, was not true. Experts urge to believe only trusted sources. Acting Interior Minister Yerlan Turgumbayev warned that fake news makers could face up to seven years in prison.

 

Translation by Saniya Sakenova

Editing by Saule Mukhamejanova