Friday, May 26, 2017

Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry complains to CID about fake twitter account of Minister

Lankapage LogoThu, May 25, 2017

May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake lodged a complaint with the police to requesting a probe into a false Twitter account in his name after it posted a fake news about the death of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

In a letter to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Karunanyake's secretary Sisira Wijesinghe said a twitter account "SriLankaMFA", which claimed to be Minister Karunanayake's official account, was a fake account and it had falsely claimed the passing away of the former Indian Prime minister.

The Media Secretary on behalf of the Foreign Minister requested the police to conduct an investigation and take legal action against the culprits.

However, the micro blog site has suspended the account after the Foreign Minister posted a media advisory on the fake account. "Please note Twitter account @SriLankaMFA is a fraudulent account & not an official account," Foreign Affairs Ministry tweeted.