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Government ups efforts to nab ‘fake news’ spreaders

BANGKOK: The authorities are stepping up a crackdown on false and misleading information targeting the government which is spreading quickly via social media platforms.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 14 June 2018, 08:56AM


Deputy Tourist Police chief Surachet ‘Big Joke’ Hakpan shows media his briefing board to press charges against a London-based Facebook user for spreading ‘fake news’ on the satellite plans (top) and an ‘altered photo’ of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: Tourist Police

Deputy Tourist Police chief Surachet ‘Big Joke’ Hakpan shows media his briefing board to press charges against a London-based Facebook user for spreading ‘fake news’ on the satellite plans (top) and an ‘altered photo’ of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: Tourist Police

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 Maj Gen Surachet Hakpan, 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.

In the latest case, warrants have been issued for the arrest of 29 people including a woman identified as Watana Ebbage, 56, who is believed to be living in London and who registered the KonThaiUK page. Gen Prawit said Thai authorities were also in contact with Interpol to have red notices issued for suspects who live overseas.

Commenting on the satellite project, Gen Prawit said the scheme is not off the ground yet and is still on the drawing board.

Earlier, political activist Srisuwan Janya accused the military of pushing for the procurement of 112 THEIA satellites at a cost of B91.2 billion from the THEIA group based in the US.

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The military countered the claim, saying the THEIA satellite project dealt with commercial communication satellites, not spy satellites as claimed by Mr Srisuwan and it was a technical study project jointly carried out by the government’s sub-committee on space policy and the National Defence Studies Institute.

Maj Gen Surachet said yesterday (June 13) that the suspects include “ordinary people” who liked or shared the posts on social media.

He insisted action must be taken against them because misinformation could trigger public disorder.

He urged people to check sources of information and verify authenticity of news before sharing it.

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BenPendejo | 16 June 2018 - 10:33:01

Wow...great to see Thai officials establishing priorities.  This actually speaks volumes as to what these people think are egregious crimes here... more concerned about the "face" issues.  Very childish mentality.  With so many serious problems (traffic safety, tourist safety, pollution, corruption) it is appalling that these man-children put forth their efforts on this trivial nonsense.

Timothy | 15 June 2018 - 08:45:53

Pretty fast getting out the red notices issued for these heinous criminals! Mr. Whatsawrong, what about the Red Bull fugitive? Still no idea where he might be? ....oh and have you found the receipts for all those watches yet? 

Kurt | 15 June 2018 - 08:34:49

Is the nick name of the deputy police chief "Big Joke"?  Is this the police chief who is going now for the 2nd time in a row to Germany for a fruitless attempt to get a from there a 'monk' out of his asylum procedure? How about getting the Red Bull Boy?
And social media is a free media, if governments are not happy with some writing, they can deny it in press. 'Nabbing it...

Discover Thainess | 14 June 2018 - 09:51:27

Really nothing better to do? Like police the roads for example? A true sign of leadership that has lost its way sadly. 

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