- Some scammers on Facebook are currently mimicking the account of ex-president Rawlings
- Jerry Rawlings says these scammers are using his integrity fir money
Former president, Jerry Rawlings, is calling on all Ghanaians to disregard some fake Facebook accounts making the rounds in his name.
According to Jerry Rawlings, these scammers on social media are not just using his name and integrity for monetary gains but also spewing false messages purported to be from his official desk.
In a press statement to this effect, communications director for the ex-president – Kobina Andoh Amoakwa – there remain just one official account for the former president under the account name: President.J.J.Rawlings.
“All other Facebook accounts or pages purporting to be official are fraudulent, and are operated by persons with an agenda to publish falsehood and fake news about [former] President Rawlings,” excerpts of the press statement read.
The issue of fake social media accounts purporting to be that of public officials continues to remain a huge security challenge in Ghana as the communications minister, Ursula Erkuful Owusu, has called for drastic measures to ensure that the social media stream is cleansed of such fake accounts.
Meanwhile government has also considered coming up with a synchronized government portal that will strictly be responsible for all the social media posts of government officials as part of measures to not only streamline the dissemination of information but also preserve classified government information.
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