Facebook claims of links with IS a crime, warn Hanoi police

By Ha An, Thanh Nien News

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The profile picture of a Facebook page posing as that of a Islamic State terrorist The profile picture of a Facebook page posing as that of a Islamic State terrorist

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The Hanoi police have warned that people creating Facebook pages claiming to have links with Islamic State could face jail terms of up to five years if found causing public anxiety.
The police recently identified six Facebook pages in which the profile pictures were of the alleged IS members who took part in the Paris attacks on November 13 and the owner of the accounts claimed to be related to IS. Some even used the name of the main attacker as their Facebook name.
The police said they are investigating the owners of these accounts, adding they were created mostly to attract attention.
On Thursday morning all the account owners removed the IS-related photos and posts from their page.
The police said individuals or organizations creating fake Facebook accounts to incite terrorism would be fined VND30-40 million (US$1,335-1,780) and sentenced to five years in prison if found causing fear among the public.

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