MTN Ghana works with police to tackle social media falsehoods
15 November 2019
MTN Ghana is working closely with the police to set up a forensic laboratory to tackle falsehoods and smear campaigns promoted on social media networks. Abdul-Majeed Rufai, senior manager for Mobile Financial Services, Commercial said it is buying equipment to be used for this laboratory to help the police to monitor, detect, track, arrest and publish the names of persons who embark on such campaigns.
He said falsehoods had the tendency to threaten national security because of the potential to create political tension that could lead to election violence. He said that since "election year is fast approaching, culprits will not be spared”.
Rufai said the laboratory was primarily necessitated by a WhatsApp audio post that went viral, suggesting the company's MoMo services were shut down following xenophobic attacks in South Africa about a couple of months ago.
He said that forced MTN to embark on massive public education to sensitise the public and cautioned customers to be alert against such negative perceptions created by mischievous persons against the MoMo services and the MTN brand.