Authorities in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang are hunting for the owner of a Facebook page that faked the news about the collapse of the city’s iconic bridge.
The municipal Department of Information and Communications confirmed on Saturday that the name of the Facebook page was ‘Tin tuc hang ngay - VTV Online’ (Daily news - VTV Online).
The avatar of the page contained the logo of national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV), the department stated, adding that the bogus Facebook page had been deleted.
On Saturday morning, the page uploaded a status claiming that the Dragon Bridge, Da Nang’s symbolic bridge that spans over the Han River, had been broken due to heavy downpours and strong gusts.
The status added that there were 10 people traveling on the bridge at the time of the incident, along with several photos, which seemed to be edited, as proof.
The city’s Department of Information and Communications is working with other agencies to look into the case and hunt for the owner of the Facebook page that faked the news.
In early June, police in Lien Chieu District, Da Nang, imposed a fine worth VND12.5 million (US$550.6) upon Nguyen Thi Ngoc, who lives in the same neighborhood, for spreading untrue news about kidnapping.
In July, Nguyen Kim Anh was fined VND5 million ($220.2) by officers in Thanh Khe District for posting fake news to advertise her online shop.