Hinds Scotches Fake News about closed borders again
News Sean Douglas 4 hours ago
National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds.
National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds stepped in on Wednesday to suppress fake news on social media alleging a halt to the ongoing reopening of the Trinidad and Tobago borders.
The mistaken announcement, which was also shared several times on WhatsApp, claimed the borders were closed again because of the spread of a deadly new strain of Covid19. The borders would therefore not open until 2022, it said.
In the declaration, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Roshan Parasram speaking ahead of a meeting of the Joint Special Committee of Local Authorities, Service Commissions and the legal authorities on Wednesday. Parliament is now on break, so there was no such session on Wednesday.
Newsday counted six spelling / grammatical errors in the fake announcement, including three in the title, Phase Reopening of T&T Borders Cancel Due to New Strain of Covid19: T&T Borders Could Potentially Stay Closed Through 2022.
Hinds told Newsday: “I am not aware of any such development. With Parliament on recess, any quote allegedly from Dr.
“This is one of the downsides of social media, as helpful and entertaining as it is. It allows villains to leak misdirected information to the public in order to traumatize people. “He said some countries are trying to curb” this type of madness “on social media.
“That sounds like fake garbage to me and I want the public to look for information on the official channels.”
When asked whether he had heard of border closings in his role as line minister, Hinds said no.
“The last meeting of this team was on Saturday. We work together in different ways. As far as I know, there has been no development in this direction that I know or support or comment positively.”