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Thai government steps up efforts to crack down on fake news

HRF condemns Thai gov't efforts to undermine freedom of expression. Read more in SCMP.

Thai authorities are stepping up a crackdown on false and misleading information targetting the government which is spreading quickly via social media platforms.

Concerns about “fake news” were heightened after a London-based Facebook user posted on the KonthaiUK Facebook site a photo and a message suggesting corruption in the government’s satellite project.

Speaking after being briefed on the crackdown by Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon said the authorities are taking legal action against people generating and spreading fake news.

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