Hongqiao plane crash rumormonger in custody

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/7 17:48:39

A rumormonger who cooked up fake news about an airplane crash at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport was placed into custody for five days, the official Sina Weibo account of Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau announced Thursday.

In a video circulating on social media Tuesday, black smoke was seen billowing from elevated roads in Shanghai. The rumormonger, surnamed Liu, attached a falsified story to the video that a plane had crashed in Hongqiao.

An investigation later found that the heavy smoke was caused by a rubbish fire at a wet market in Minhang district. A fire brigade arrived at the scene and put out the fire, with no reported casualties.

Liu, 32, confessed after being tracked down and apprehended that he had made up the story so as to show off how resourceful he was as a social media netizen. Liu now says he regrets spreading the rumor and promised never to do it again.

Shanghai cyber police called for Chinese netizens to steer clear of rumors in order to help build a more orderly, safe and pure online atmosphere.

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