Colombo, March 14 (newsin.asia): The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has advised against the “misuse” of all forms of telecommunication services to circulate or share false or fabricated information on Covid-19 to create unnecessary panic among the general public.
“This is a punishable offence in terms of the law,” the TRCSL said in a release on Friday .
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday stressed the importance of using electronic, print and social media to educate people about the disease but not to create a state of social confusion.
Misinformation spread by the social media had led to panic buying and stocking of essential consumer goods of daily use including vegetables. Serpentine queues at petrol filing stations are a common sight in Colombo and other towns.