PNP warns against text, email, social network scare rumors PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 January 2011 13:28

The Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday warned the public against rumor mongers who spread false news through text messages, email and social network sites.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz told newsmen that they are advising the public to be cautious in handling scare rumors spread through short message system (SMS) or text and the Internet.

“There is no specific threat on any particular target. Therefore, the text scare being spread around is untrue and is obviously designed only to create panic. Scare massages of that nature deserve to be disregarded and deleted, and not forwarded,” Cruz said.

The PNP official said public vigilance is the best response to the situation prevailing in the country.
“Report immediately the peddlers of these scare rumors an disinformation to emergency hotline 117 or PNP 0917-847-5757,” Cruz said.

Meanwhile, the PNP Information Technology Management Service (PNP-ITMS) advised the public to take proper action against cyber harassers or rumor mongers on the internet.
“Some of the victims of cyber harassment, who are unable to handle it, either retaliate violently or in extreme situations commit suicide due to severe humiliation,” the PNP ITMS said in a guide it posted on its website.

The PNP defines cyber harassment as immoral behavior by a person or a group using mobile or Internet technology to send disturbing messages to bother, humiliate, threaten, or stalk someone else.

Modern technologies that might be used to pester the possible victims include emails, instant chat messaging, blog and text messages, digital photos, videos and other means of electronic communication.