Ministry of Digital Economy and Society reveals top ten fake Covid-19 news stories in Thailand for past month

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Phuchaphong Notthaisong, deputy permanent secretary for the Digital Economy and Society (DES), revealed yesterday, January 30th, the data and statistics of the number of fake news related to the Covid-19 Coronavirus, discovered by the Anti-Fake News Center Thailand, since December of last year.

The data was collected from December 19th, 2020, to January 24th, 2021. More than 12,000,000 flagged news articles were reviewed by the Anti-Fake News Center, and only 807 messages were proved accurate, according to Phuchaphong.

Phuchaphong Notthaisong

The top list of fake news articles being observed and mentioned via social media platforms, announced by the Anti-Fake News Center Thailand, are as follows. This is based on the number of shares and statements on social media. All of these articles below are either fake news or distorted news with a lack of context according to the DES:

1st: Announcement of a total lockdown in 11 northern provinces

2nd: Migrant workers break concrete walls and escape state quarantine in Samut Sakhon

3rd: Airborne transmission of Covid-19 Coronavirus

4th: 15 medical officers in Bangkok tested positive Covid-19 Coronavirus in one day

5th: Bhumibol Hospital announced the closure of the emergency room after a Covid-19 infected patient arrived and sought treatment

6th: A recipe of traditional Thai herbal medicine is proven to cure the Covid-19 Coronavirus

7th: Infographic/picture of the CCSA spokesperson, Taweesilp Visanuyothin, saying that the virus remedy (like vaccines) is the burden of the public to pay from their taxes

8th: A Covid-19 infected patient found dead at Bangpakok Hospital 1 after rapidly increasing cases of the deadly virus

9th: False video clips of the quarantine facilities at Sanam Mahachai field hospital, Samut Sakhon

10th: Respective injections of 10,000 mg of vitamin C keeps the Covid-19 Coronavirus away

“The DES and the Anti-Fake News Center is preparing action plans to keep up with fake news from the past year in all publishing platforms. We are also looking to expand our investigations and network by working with resourceful news agencies for public relations to create mutual understanding and broadcast accurate information quickly to reach a wider audience more effectively,” said Phuchaphong.

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