Saturday, 22 February 2020

Police Search for Spreaders of KPPS Officer Poisoning Rumors

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The West Java Regional Police are investigating a hoax saying that that a polling committee (KPPS) officer in Bandung had died from poisoning.

    The lie was first posted on Facebook by Doddy Fajar and on Twitter by @5thsekali account. The posts claimed that a KPPS officer named Sita Fitriati had died because she was poisoned and that chemicals containing dangerous toxins were found in her body.

    The hoax has since gone viral in social media.

    "We are investigating. There have been reports, too," West Java Regional Police spokesman Comr. Trunoyudo Wisnu Andiko said on Sunday, May 12

    Read: Death Toll in Indonesia Elections Climbs to 225 Members of KPPS

    The report came from Sita's family, who had also denied the story—stating that it is a lie.

    "The family filed a report to the Bandung City Police Department," Trunoyudo said.

    Trunoyudo said that investigators had identified the people who own the Facebook and Twitter accounts. He again reminded the public not to easily trust everything they see on social media.

    ANDITA RAHMA