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JCF warns against circulating misleading information on social media

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Members of the public are being warned against circulating misleading information on social media that might be damaging to people's reputation, especially members of the police force.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said the warning, which was issued late last night, is due to complaints from several people including its members that their images are being circulated on social media wrongfully labelling them as criminals.

The constabulary, in a release issued through its communications arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), said this has been causing members and their families a great deal of discomfort.

“As such, the public is being warned to desist from sharing information that can be damaging to the reputation of others, or may compromise criminal investigation.”

The JCF said individuals who knowingly and\ or maliciously circulate photos of people may be arrested and charged under the Cyber Crimes Act or may face civil suits for defamation of character.

The police however encouraged the public to share information with the police that they deem useful to investigations or which highlights suspicious persons or activities, adding that if they have information on someone in conflict with the law, they must share it directly with the police.

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