As many of you are aware, the current pandemic is a source for a significant number of false stories and misinformation, local newspapers and MSPs are unwittingly helping to share that misinformation.
“Reports that the army are setting up base nearby are true. Following several photos today on social media, it has now been announced by the Ministry of Defence this evening, Wednesday 18th March 2020 that up to 20,000 troops are on stand-by to provide support to the NHS.”
In addition, at First Minister’s Questions today at the Scottish Parliament, SNP MSP Richard Lyle spoke about “unconfirmed reports” the army is setting up in Strathclyde Park.
SNP MSP Richard Lyle says there are unconfirmed reports the army is setting up in Strathclyde Park #fmqs
— Tom Gordon (@HTScotPol) March 19, 2020
The problem? Reports that “the army are setting up base nearby are true” are absolutely not true. This has been confirmed by the Ministry of Defence, by the way.
Some are claiming, based on what they’ve seen on social media, that secret bases are being built around Glasgow to put the city into lockdown, with Strathclyde Park often being named along with Govan as locations for bases being built in the night. You can read more about it here.
The lockdown however, never happened. There is “zero prospect of any restrictions being placed on travelling”, the UK government has said. A spokesperson also said there were also “no plans to use military personnel for public order during the coronavirus pandemic”.
Misinformation during a pandemic is a serious matter, watch out for it.