Timor-Leste Fact-Checker

Timor-Leste Fact-Checker

Many Facebook users in Timor-Leste shared a short video that aired on the WCBN channel about the arrest of Harvard Scientist Charles Lieber.

They shared this video by writing the FBI had arrested the author who made the corona virus. This video has long been released by several news channels in the US but now it is very viral in Timor-Leste. Thus Timor-Leste Fact-Checker also made the decision to write a few paragraphs in Tetum with the title of this short video has no link with coronavirus.

False information about the spread of the Coronacirus Disease 2019 (CorVid-19) pandemic over the past few weeks is overwhelming. The sources of false information come from the government through the ministry of health itself and also from people who are not responsible.

Sunday, 22 March 2020 08:06

[FAKE] Short Video Claiming Coronavirus

After the Interim Health Minister of Timor-Leste, Elia Amaral announced about a positive foreign citizen who had a coronavirus in Timor-Leste on Saturday March 21, 2020 making many people panic about this situation, and even worse there are people who are not responsible for sharing a short video about a female patient that has also been infected with coronavirus, although this patient finally has long had asthma, not coronavirus.

Dili – Within a few days someone spread fake information through the Short Message Service and finally also appeared on Facebook Messenger and WhatApp about Corona Virus entered in Dili.

The contents of this text call attention to citizens that must be careful because this virus has entered Dili, and the patient that affected by this virus was conducting a medical consultations at the Formosa Clinic, Dili. The text also asks all residents not to go for health consultations at the Formosa Clinic, and it is better to go to another clinic.

On Wednesday 12 February 2020 a very viral video appeared on social media platforms. This short video is about a Chinese citizen suspected of having a coronavirus and suddenly fell in Timor Plaza. This situation caused many people to run away and immediately buy masks to cover their noses at that time.

Many people in the world including in Timor-Leste are now panicking with Corona Virus. Although this virus appeared in Wuhan, China, it made many people feel very worried. In Timor-Leste, although the virus has not yet been detected by the government, the government has begun to intervene by placing medical personnel at international airports, land borders to check Chinese citizens and East Timorese citizens who return from China.

On January 26, 2020, You Tube Channel KLIBUR POST manipulated the news of the Radio no Televizaun Timor-Leste (RTTL) criminal section. The You Tube Channel manipulated this news under the title in the Indonesian language Allegedly Affected by Vlrus Corona Chinese Citizen Beaten In East Timor. Fake video that lasts 00:01:06 makes 25,402 people have watched it, and has spread a lot too on social media platforms like on Facebook.

With this fake video circulation has made many people worry and panic with the Corona Virus which has killed many people in China (Wuhan), and thousands of people have been infected in several countries in the world.

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On January 18, 2020 the Facebook ID Amp Mudansa Progresso claimed that the CNRT party youth organization (OJP-CNRT) is ready to take action against Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak and President of the Republic Francisco Guterres Lu Olo regarding to the 2020 state budget proposal which was blocked by the national parliament on Friday 17 January 2020.

“OJP-CNRT Youth ready to die! Prepare for action against the PM. TMR and PR. LU OLO. Viva Kay Rala XANANA Gusmao!”

This status provoked numerous comments and various comments on Facebook.

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On January 7, 2019 Facebook ID Liduway Xavier shared a story with the title United States hires Rambo to treat Iran on his timeline and commented that Rambo sometimes faces Iran again. Five hours later Facebook ID Robynocho Annan also shared this news again on the CPLP Fan Page or the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community Fan Page at 12:32 p.m.

Monday, 13 January 2020 13:14

Images of Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão

For several years Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão's photos appeared and went viral on the internet. People on the Internet, especially those who use social media always find this photo on social media, but almost many do not have clear information about the origin of these photos appeared or published where? What year was it published?

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