Police warning over social media gossipBy Becky Barnes
November 23, 2012
Bracknell's police chief has spoken about the danger of rumours on social networking sites.
Rumours on Facebook about a white van near schools around the borough prompted Chief Inspector Simon Bowden to warn people posting the claims or repeating them to be wary of what they say online.
Ch Insp Bowden said: “The trouble with Facebook is things get recycled.
“Or someone will see a white van near a school and post it online when in some cases it is just the caretakers’ van.”
He stressed any allegation reported to the police is taken seriously and they report any rumours to headteachers to make sure parents are informed.
Ch Insp Bowden said: “All reports are looked at very, very carefully. We do spend a lot of time on our own Facebook page to try to reduce rumours. Rumours are really hard to tackle because they spread so fast.”
Anyone with concerns can contact police on 101.