Coronavirus: Kenyan man arrested, charged for spreading fake news

A 23-year-old Kenyan man has been arrested and faces charges for publishing false information with the intent to cause panic.

Elijah Muthui Kitonyo was arrested after he allegedly spreading disinformation about the coronavirus.

According to BBC, Kitonyo published the fake news on a fabricated Twitter account. A tweet said the Kenyan health ministry lied about the first confirmed case in the country coming from the US via London. It said the patient was coming from Rome.

The directorate of criminal investigations confirmed the arrest, adding that contravention of Kenya’s cyber laws could result in a fine of R830,000, a 10-year jail sentence, or both.



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