The Thailand Anti-Fake News Center last night, July 29th, urged the public not to spread the news and pictures of what claimed to be a large number of public Covid-19 fatalities found on the Phuket streets as they are proven to be fake news, according to them.
The Department stated that people sharing should have done a fact check with the Phuket Public Relations Office after the popular social media post stated the deepest condolences to Covid-19 deaths with a picture that appeared to show bodies covered in white cloth in the middle of the road of Phuket.
The Department and the Phuket Public Relations Office clarified that the news has proved to be false in every way. The published post has only caused damage to Phuket and affected the image of Phuket tourism.
“People are highly discouraged to trust such information and to send, share, and spread such information on any social media platforms. For accurate information from the Public Relations Office of Phuket, please visit or call https://pr.prd.go.th/phuket or call 076-216118,” the Department added.
This comes as the Thai government enacted an emergency law last night making the sharing and publishing of any information that scares the public or is fearmongering illegal, as well as allowing the Thai government to block the IP of those sharing it and file strict legal penalties and actions.
Many images of bodies and people lying on roads have been shared on social media recently, with the Thai government warning that, according to them, the whole story is not known behind these situations and in some of them (including one in Chonburi) the photo was of a person that was intoxicated and passed out, asleep, or health conditions unrelated to Covid-19.
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