LONDON: Arab News examines a weekly round-up of fake news doing the rounds.
1 Sharjah police deny radars destroyed by gunshots
Sharjah police have clarified the truth behind photos showing speed radars destroyed by gunshots that have gone viral on social media. Their response came after images indicating that a number of radars situated on some of the streets outside the emirate were destroyed by gunshots.
Police said on Twitter that the images were from November 2012 and that the perpetrators had been brought to justice.
2 Jordanian government denies increase in bread prices
The Jordanian government denied it planned to increase bread prices in local markets, saying that what is rumored on social media is “incorrect”. The government made its comments through its electronic platform “your right to know.”
Social media users had been sharing that Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister Rajaei Al-Muasher had threatened to resign unless his request to raise prices was agreed.
“Deputy Prime Minister Rajaei Al-Muasher did not sign his resignation ... and the government has no intention of raising the price of bread,” the government said.
3 Egypt military refutes alleged attack on army vehicle in North Sinai
Egypt military colonel Tamer Rifai dismissed reports that an attack targeted a vehicle in North Sinai and urged media outlets to strive for accuracy while covering military operations.