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Greece’s E-Crimes Cops Hunt COVID Denier Social Media Sites

September 28, 2021

ATHENS – As Greece's rabid anti-vaxxer movement has spread COVID-19, the police department's electronic crimes team said it sent to a prosecutor details of four websites, four Facebook profiles and two Twitter accounts suspected of giving false information about the pandemic and urging defiance against health measures.

The prosecutor in Greece's capital ordered a probe into social media accounts believed to also advise people not to be vaccinated as the New Democracy government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hasn't made shots mandatory.

Citizens’ Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos had asked investigators and prosecutors to look into the sites and accounts as refusal to be vaccinated by hard-core pandemic skeptics has slowed the fight against the Coronavirus.

Investigators are also trying to find health care professionals and scammers using the health crisis to profiteer, including – for a fee – offering to help people who face prosecution for defying health restrictions.

Among the targets, said Kathimerini, are lawyers said to be encouraging people to challenge doctors and educators, with the police's Electronic Crimes Division looking for them online, where fake vaccination certificates are also for sale.

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