Young knocks Tewarie for spreading fake news

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has slammed Op­po­si­tion MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie for rat­ing T&T sixth in the world as one of the most dan­ger­ous places to vis­it.

Young ripped in­to Tewarie yes­ter­day while de­liv­er­ing the fea­ture ad­dress at the open­ing of the Barataria Com­mu­ni­ty Li­brary, by draw­ing ref­er­ence to the pre­vi­ous speak­er Cather­ine Ro­main who warned chil­dren to be wary of mis­in­for­ma­tion and fake news cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia.

 

He said a lot of mis­in­for­ma­tion was be­ing ped­dled on so­cial me­dia on crime and turned his guns on Tewarie telling him he must learn to "check his facts" first be­fore post­ing false news on his Face­book page which was de­signed to cre­ate fear and pan­ic among cit­i­zens and po­ten­tial vis­i­tors.

The Op­po­si­tion MP, Young said had re­cent­ly post­ed on so­cial me­dia that T&T was ranked "6th in the world as one of the most dan­ger­ous places."

Young said if we were deal­ing with books, Tewarie would have been "un­der fic­tion" by ped­dling fake news.

Up­on check­ing the in­for­ma­tion post­ed by the Ca­roni Cen­tral MP, Young said they found out it was "a trick set up by some­one ...I think from Swe­den who said let me utilise the in­ter­net and show how I can ma­nip­u­late the in­ter­net and put out false in­for­ma­tion."

He said Tewarie should have done some re­search to make sure his in­for­ma­tion was fact-based.

Young said T&T was not there, re­fer­ring to be­ing a dan­ger­ous place.

"I am not say­ing that we don't have is­sues with crime but we cer­tain­ly aren't any­where near what is be­ing sug­gest­ed."

He said cer­tain peo­ple have been quick to paint T&T in a neg­a­tive light.

"Check your fact first...look to your source. As lead­ers in so­ci­ety, we need to know bet­ter. It is very dis­heart­en­ing and very disin­gen­u­ous for peo­ple are in po­si­tions of re­spon­si­bil­i­ty...for­mer min­is­ters to be the first per­pe­tra­tors of dis­in­for­ma­tion," Young ad­vised Tewarie.

Reporter: Shaliza Hassanali

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