NBI to trace sources of fake news 

March 20, 2020

THE National Bureau of Investigation activated its various units to trace the sources of fake news about COVID-19that could sow chaos and unrest.

NBI Director Eric Distor has instructed different units such as Cyber Crime Division (CCD), the Digital Forensic Division, and other Investigative units including the Regional Operations Service to trace the source of fake news.

Distor added that the Bureau's International Operations Division (IOD) is currently coordinating with its foreign counterparts as well. 

Distor’s directive was prompted by an alleged statement from the US State Department warning of potential looting incidents during its month-long lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Distor stressed that these reports were baseless and totally untrue, saying the US has clarified it releases information and advisories only through its official media platforms and website.

“The International Operations Division is now gathering relevant data and other information for possible case build up and filing of cases against the perpetrators of fake news.

“What is clear at the moment is that the NBI, our Cyber Crime Division in particular, is now investigating all possible sources of fake news being spread in various social media platforms and will submit its results to the Secretary of Justice,” Distor said. 

He assured the public that the NBI will take all the necessary steps to protect its citizens against the proliferation of fake news and prosecute those responsible for it.