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Social media users can face legal action for spreading false Covid-19 information

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Those who post false information about the Covid-19 situation in Thailand could face legal action. Several people are facing charges for posts they made on social media with misleading information on the spread of the coronavirus in Thailand and vaccine side effects. The false statements could potentially provoke social unrest and threaten national security, according to the Digital, Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn.

Under Thailand’s Computer Crime Act, posting information that could provoke social unrest and threaten national security, such as false information on the Covid-19 situation, is illegal and carries a punishment of up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to 100,000 baht. Misleading posts about the pandemic and Covid-19 vaccines also violate the Emergency Decree. Breaching the emergency orders carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and a 40,000 baht fine. The minister warns that those who spread false information or news online will be charged.

“I’d like to warn people to think twice before posting fake or distorted news on the internet, or else legal action will follow.”

Officers recently arrested 6 people Bangkok, Chon Buri and Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya for allegedly violating both the Computer Crime Act and Emergency Decree for social media posts they made. 12 other people have been ordered to delete posts.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.


  1. Go F@#k yourselves!!! It’s YOU the government (and i use that term lightly!) who should be charged with the INCOMPETENCE you have shown the people of thailand! Cretins the lot of you…sue me!!

  2. I have a nasty feeling that ‘Fake News’ will include opinion and guesses that often turn out to be correct at a later date. But that won’t stop them in their rigorous search for justice (instead of truth)…

  3. So what is then with spreading fake infos that there is a recomondation for waiting 16 weeks for the 2nd shot? There is no recomondation world wide about. The official statements are maximum to 12 weeks and there was no trial with 16 weeks anywhere. So he should present this official recomondations, because it doesnt exists. Just check WHO, EU, etc. First they should ckeck what kind of false infos they are anouncing.

  4. You know something is dodgy when the subject needs to be censored, and the narrative is being deliberately skewed as reported by Fox in the case of this weeks Facebook whistleblower.

  5. The CDC should be fined first since they spread misinformation as does many governments. Thailand cases are going up since the masks and lock downs. There is more evidence that where ever strict mask mandates are enforced Covid goes up, not down. The only study that tested this showed more corona virus cases among mask wearers. Sweden has the lowest death rate in Europe despite no lock down (source:Worldometer). Investigators assumed that mask wearers were confident and interacted more and this accounted for the extra infections but this was a guess. There is not one known, proven case of Covid from outside activity and incidental contact. Not one known case worldwide from dining out, bicycling, walking, running, swimming or hiking. Not one single proven case worldwide including in Thailand. Masking outside is useless (NYT May 11, 2021 David Leonhardt). Masks are harmful cutting oxygen and lowering brain function. The only ones getting rich from people staying home are media and phone companies. Masks and lock downs terrify and impoverish.

  6. Its the government that needs to be fined. The amount of lies and fear propaganda they spit out is ridiculous. taking away peoples rights and freedoms and forcing people to believe that covid is some super deadly virus. And not to mention, distorted info about the roll out of the vaccines. A bunch of f**king retards

  7. Hahaha! so the Thaiger will get shut down for spreading false information. They’ve one nothing but spread hysteria and MISINFORMATON about covid for 18 months.

    Justice served for the self-proclaimed arbiters of truth and morality. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of fake journos 😉

  8. not a happy situation,looking forward to a return to a government, with accountability with integrity,never thought the land of smiles would become what it is today a land of deformation

  9. Why any expat would want to move to this police state is beyond me. There are CCTV cams on every corner, you are finger printed on arrival, you are constantly watched. When you get to your guesthouse there are camera everywhere – even in side the room sometimes. Your internet activity is recorded and view by staff with spy routers. Locals will eavesdrop on your speech, one wrong word and it is a call to the police! They will investigate farangs on just some report. Pull you in and demand a pee test. They can check your laptop, if you refuse your password it is jail for you. The guesthouse will read reviews and just guess who made the negative post and against them and you are in big legal trouble.

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