Police warns about circulating misinformation – fake news

Police warns about circulating misinformation – fake news

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM warns the public about sharing/distributing unverified information via social media and other avenues. This warning comes after a voice note made by a so far unknown man claiming that cops had fatally shot a man in a barbershop.

This voice note is misinformation or as it is commonly referred to “fake news”. There is no indication in the voice note that it was even from Sint Maarten as it only made the false claim of police having shot someone. The source of the voice note is being looking into by police.

The malicious voice notes, therefore, has a harmful effect on the relationship with the community of Sint Maarten.

KPSM has heavily invested in community-oriented policing and considers residents as integral partners in keeping the country safe. Without a strong relationship with the community, the police force as a whole and individual officers will not get information needed to keep the community safe. (KPSM)

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