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Fake page of the Volyn Oblast National Police appears on Facebook

28.03.2023, 14:24

A fake page of the Volyn Oblast National Police has appeared on Facebook. The fact-checking project "NotaYenota" reported this.

"The fact that the page is fake is evidenced by the name (the real page is called "Volyn Oblast Police") and a dot after the name (absent on the real pages). The posts contain terrible errors such as disclosing diagnoses, which is absolutely unacceptable," notes NotaYenota.

As the project notes, one of the posts on the fake page gained over 17,000 shares in three days, and there are five posts on the page in total. In the Page Transparency section, you can see that the page is not new, but was created back in 2016, changing its name multiple times over the following four years. In September 2021, the page had been named "Volyn Patrol Police supports Borys Zhytinsky", and in December it was already named "Volyn Police".

Photo – NotaYenota

"In the comments under the post, which has 17 thousand shares, there is a lot of hostility and hate speech, which shows whether people check information before spreading it. Unfortunately, many people do not," NotaYenota writes.

The Volyn Oblast Police also reported the fake page and noted that they only had one official page on Facebook – this one.

"Any information that is spread through other, fake pages is false. We ask citizens not to spread unverified information that does not correspond to reality," the police said in a statement.

Olha Buzuluk, spokeswoman for the Volyn Oblast Police, also wrote about the fake page. She added that official pages of the police only provide information in competent formal language In addition, the Info section on the official social media pages of law enforcement agencies lists the correct website and e-mail addresses (while the fake one lists a link to a non-existent website).

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