Qatar government warns against misinformation amid earthquake claims, hints at COVID-19 gossip

Rumors had claimed there had been an earthquake in Qatar. (File/Shutterstock)
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Updated 19 March 2020

Qatar government warns against misinformation amid earthquake claims, hints at COVID-19 gossip

  • The rumors came after an old news clipping was circulated
  • Qatar prosecutes people for spreading falsehoods

DUBAI: The Qatari government has warned legal action will be taken against people for spreading false information, after rumors of an earthquake appeared on social media.

Claims of the suspected earthquake in Qatar were dismissed as misinformation by the Qatar Meteorology Department (QMD) on Thursday after people shared an old news clipping on social media.

According to the QMD, the news clipping was a report from several years ago about a previous incident.

“No truth to the rumors circulating regarding an earthquake in Qatar, we ask everyone please follow the news and information from official sources and our social media accounts,” the QMD was quoted as saying by local press.

The Ministry of Public Health previously called on people to avoid sharing fake news, and instead trust information only from official sources.

And the Ministry of Interior (MoI) warned that action had already been taken against “a number of people” for spreading false claims, adding that such actions were a “serious offence that can expose one to legal accountability.”


Meet the Saudi man who Trump’s COVID-19 Twitter blunder accidently made famous

Updated 30 March 2020

Meet the Saudi man who Trump’s COVID-19 Twitter blunder accidently made famous

  • Donald Trump was meant to tag the Food and Drug Association

RIYADH: It’s not every day that you’re mentioned by the most powerful man in the world, but MLK, better known as @FdA found himself the star of the show when he was tagged on twitter by the leader of the free world President Donald Trump.

A mix-up in Twitter handles found him mentioned on the platform by @realDONALDTRUMP, when President Trump retweeted an article about a research institute that developed technology which “can clean up to 80,000 pieces of PPE (personal protective equipment) for use.” The author of the article says in her tweet that it is a “huge breakthrough in the fight against the #coronavirus.”

The comment on the retweet read: Highly recommended by Governor @MikeDeWine of Ohio. @FDA must move quickly!

Considered an honest mistake, While the actual food and drug administration handle is @US_FDA.

MLK aka @FdA has his location set to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. On twitter, MLK does not follow anyone nor does he have any tweets posted. However, his follower numbers are another story with a cool 16.6 thousand.