The Korea Communications Commission is boosting measures of fighting disinformation on the topic of the coronavirus infection, calling such disinformation a crime against the society, APA reports citing Sputnik.
"We intend to take tough measures in relation to such publications, in particular, to promptly delete and block such information," the commission said in a Tuesday statement.
The commission is calling on people who have come across false information relating to the coronavirus to contact the police.
According to current South Korean legislation, people publishing false news about COVID-19 can be prosecuted for violation of public order, as well as business violations.
South Korea’s coronavirus death toll stands at 309, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The total number of confirmed cases has surpassed 17,600. The number of recovered individuals in South Korea stands at 14,200.