False reports which appeared on a couple of facebook pages that two bodies had been found by construction workers on the A6 Dungiven Bypass, have been described as “reckless” by Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey.
He has called for tighter controls on what can be posted on Facebook pages with no transparency of ownership.
Speaking to media Councillor McGlinchey said: “I couldn’t start to count the number of phone calls I had about this so-called discovery of two bodies and not a grain of truth in it.
“People were very distressed, they genuinely believed it was true and were concerned about who these two people could be, wondering how and when they died and came to be in the Dungiven area.
“It is absolutely reckless that any kind of false rumour can be posted on social media on a site that is deliberately designed to look as if it is the police.
“I think it is time tougher controls were introduced about what can be posted on social media without any kind of verification whatsoever.
“Rumours like this serve no purpose but only cause anxiety and distress. I cannot understand the logic of anyone who would write something like this on social media in the full knowledge it is a pack of lies.”
The PSNI confirmed that they were aware of the public posts.