Somali government detains social media imposters

Somali Internal Security Ministry has said it had detained two people for setting up fake social media accounts and pretending to be government officials.

Mohamed Yussuf, Internal Security spokesman has said the security agencies have successfully tracked and arrested three people and are investigation another person who is suspected to be outside the country.

“The security agencies have discovered two people who set up fake social media accounts to abuse government officials, we have tracked their IP addresses and arrested two suspects namely Omar Hayow and Ali Abdi, investigations are going on,” he said.

Fake twitter and Facebook accounts purporting to be senior government officials in Somalia has been openly operating.

Former PM Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed has last year denied fake Facebook username under his name after posting comments on political crisis in the country at the time.

Current National Assembly Speaker Professor Mohamed Osman Jawari has also dismissed being in any social media after another imposter in twitter.