No basis for fears in Sri Lanka over fake ISIS WhatsApp group

The authorities have urged the public not to panic over a fake ISIS WhatsApp group named Interschool.

Police Media Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that there is no evidence to say the WhatsApp group was created by ISIS.

An internal Police document with regards to the WhatsApp group circulated on social media spreading panic among the public.

Reports of a fake WhatsApp group has been in circulation since as back as 2017.

The message with regards to the fake group reads “There is a WhatsApp group called ‘Interschools’. If invited, don’t join the group. It belongs to Daesh (ISIS). If you join the group you will not be able to exit from it. Be vigilant, please inform others. Send this to your relatives and children on WhatsApp so that they will also be careful. Forward it as received.”

However, officials asserted there is also no truth to claims that if someone joins a WhatsApp group they cannot leave.

According to WhatsApp’s FAQ, “If you exit a group, you will be removed from the group but will still see it in your Chats list, and you will be able to read the chat history. When you delete the group, you will no longer see the group in your chats list and the chat history will be erased.” (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. The SLPP government is back at stirring up ethnic and religious hatred to divide the citizens and create infighting with the hope to distract everyone from this rotten corrupt government and its failures…

    It won’t work anymore, peoples anger is directed at the government and these attempts to turn the citizenry against each other along ethnic or religious lines will lose them the next election.

    Everyone who knew they would fall back to their Fascist and Racial ways and still voted for them should be ashamed.

    2/3 majority and the best they can do is crony capitalism. They can’t even get that done right. Burdening the citizenry with huge rise in cost of living and all essential goods. What a joke.

    Hope all this is not an attempt at manufacturing Terrorism to hide their failures and distract the citizens…

    UNP will make a strong come back because of of their anti ethnic/religious discrimination stance.

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