Bahraini authorities alert over social media abuse

August 28, 2014 10:40 am

The Bahraini authorities have warned that a government restriction on “fraudulent” social media use could result in its regulation, Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science director-general Brigadier Abdulrahman Sinan on August 25 warned of “the risks involved in exploiting or posting fabricated news or impersonating individuals or organisations online,” said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN). “This includes falsely claiming to talk on someone else’s behalf,” he said. A number of suspects who impersonated ministers and top government officials have been caught recently, he pointed out. Authorities also detected fake social media accounts created in the name of a top government minister and a senior official, our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej quoted him as saying.