CORONAVIRUS: Hungarian Police Shuts ‘Fake News’ Network

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The police in Hungary said on Saturday that it has busted a network of “fake news” websites that reported alleged coronavirus-related deaths in the country.

Hungary in reality has so far been free of reported infections from the virus.

The police said in a statement they seized computer equipments at several locations during raids on Friday.

AFP reported a police website statement claiming that a man and woman are suspected of “operating dozens of fake news portals and linked Facebook pages” claiming that several people have been infected and died from coronavirus.

The sites, whose articles were said to be carrying sensational headlines, were aimed at increasing traffic and boosting advertisement revenue, Hungarian police said.

“A 37-year-old Hungarian woman has collapsed and died in Budapest, probably from coronavirus,” read a headline from one of the sites displayed by the police.

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