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Mar 16, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Man arrested for spreading fake news

Hungary’s police force have arrested and questioned a 30-year-old man suspected of spreading a false rumor over the internet that the authorities were about to close off Budapest in connection with the coronavirus.

Hungary’s police force have arrested and questioned a 30-year-old man suspected of spreading a false rumor over the internet that the authorities were about to close off Budapest in connection with the coronavirus.

National cybercrime police identified the YouTube user, a resident of Budapest who works as a security guard at a hotel, and seized computer equipment from his home as well as suspected plant-based drugs.

The Interior Ministry confirmed that the man admitted to uploading a video to YouTube during questioning.

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