Lithuanian police to patrol social media for hate speech and vaccine disinformation

Lithuania’s police are planning to monitor cyberspace and social media 24 hours a day aimed at preventing hate speech. Police officers will be scanning through online comments, flagging those that are deemed inappropriate. The goal is to fight hate, racial and sexual crimes.

Also, the Interior Minister sad that there needed to be an effort against disinformation about Covid-19 vaccination. Elderly Lithuanians are refusing to have Astra Zeneca shots after reading misleading information about the vaccine.

“If inappropriate messages and comments are detected, the virtual patrol will react. The police icon and message will appear next to a specific comment, informing both its author and the public that this is an illegal act and it must be stopped”, Police Commissioner told.

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