Fake News Alert! Potential criminal charges for false claims about virus in Kerrville

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The Hill Country Community Journal reported on Sunday that a fake news story is being circulated claiming “First COVID-19 Patient in Kerrville Texas.” This is FALSE. There have been NO official cases of coronavirus reported in Kerrville or Kerr County.

“It becomes a criminal matter when the action causes panic,” Hierholzer said. “It’s similar to pulling a fire alarm in public place. Charges can be filed.”

Hill Country Community Journal, March 15.

References

Fake social media post causes fear, charges can be filed.” Hill Country Community Journal. March 15, 2020.