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Cancun cops investigate ‘fake news’ scaring away tourists

Authorities in the Mexican beach hotspot of Cancun will investigate social media posts that spread false information about violence in the area that is scaring off tourists.

Quintana Roo Attorney General Oscar Montes de Oca said last week that a series of social media posts claiming that a group of 15 gunmen kidnapped several people at a resort town were false, according to the outlet. local. Notification reported. Authorities responded to the Cancun tourist resort area shortly after the posts were published and determined the information to be false.

“The rumors have been spread maliciously, we will be alert to the rumors as it damages the image of the destination, it affects the economy and therefore employment in the region,” he told the publication. local.

Authorities have since begun to investigate the matter. Through a social media post, the attorney general’s office warned that those responsible for spreading fake news could face a two-year prison sentence if found guilty.

A second social media post that sparked more controversy was a video showing when authorities found a Brazilian tourist who had gone missing on July 10 while out on a motorbike, La Silla Rota reported. Authorities found the man on July 13 during a search operation. Initial social media posts claimed the tourist had been killed. Authorities report that the autopsy revealed that the tourist died of a heart attack while riding motocross on a trail.

The attempts to protect Cancún’s image come at a time when the tourist destination is being contested by various drug cartels seeking to control the lucrative local drug market as well as human trafficking.

As Breitbart Texas reported earlier this year, Cancun is considered one of the 40 most dangerous cities in the world and has seen several high-profile shootings and murders in the once-quiet beach areas in recent months.

Luisana Moreno is an editor for Breitbart Texas.

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