Mar 25, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has called on users of social media networks not to spread false rumors about the concessions given by the government in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prime Minister said while controlling the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the government is implementing a special program to provide essential consumer goods to the public.
As a responsible government, many decisions have been taken for the benefit of the people, PM Rajapaksa said.
The Prime Minister's Media Unit states that an operation is being carried out to deliberately distribute false information regarding the government’s decisions and programs and attention has also been drawn to take legal action against the operators.
He noted that both those who have financial strength and those who do not, have been affected by the disaster and condemned the actions by some individuals to highlight their narrow political objectives under the circumstances.
The government requests all social media to support to make the government's programs a success at a time when the entire country is in danger.
The Prime Minister’s lawyers have lodged a complaint with the Colombo Crimes Division regarding the spreading of false information through social media.