Thai Officials Want To Arrest People For Fake COVID-19 News

False claims regarding Covid-19 are being attacked by Thai authorities. Since last month, the Anti-Fake News Centre of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society reported more than 50 cases of fake news, most involving Covid-19 or vaccines. The cases are now being investigated by the police. Posters and sharers of misleading information that threatens national security or causes public panic can be punished under Thailand’s Computer Crime Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a fine up to 100,000 baht.
Following the government’s request last month for Bangkok residents to avoid travel and work from home, more misleading posts were made, Royal Thai Police deputy spokesperson Krisana Pattanacharoen said, adding that people are spending more time on social media.
In the over 50 cases of fake news being investigated, over 30 cases are related to Covid-19… Posters of fake news that provoke confusion or panic are prohibited by law and are subject to five years of imprisonment, a fine of THB100,000.
The Anti-Fake News Centre has fact-checked a variety of claims widely shared on social media. It was reported that a government tax increase increased the price of Moderna Covid-19 by 100%. There is no truth to the claims, according to the Thai Customs Department. One source claimed PM Prayut Chan-o-cha received four injections of the Covid-19 vaccine. It is also not true.

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