12 nabbed for posting fake news on Covid-19

THE ANTI-FAKE News Centre has rounded up 12 suspects on the charges of posting fake news and misinformation about quack treatments for Covid-19, INN News this afternoon (July 31, 2020).

Pol. Maj. Gen. Phanthana Nucharod, head of this centre at the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, said the 12 suspects were arrested under Computer Crime Act 2007 and the State of Emergency Decree 2005 for posting false information during July 13-31, 2020.

Some were arrested in Bangkok while others in the provinces including Narathiwat, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Nakhon Ratchasima.

Six of them were charged with posting on Facebook that kratom plant helps stop the Covid-19 virus, which the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, said is fake news.

Three others were rounded up for spreading news that a herbal capsule helps treat coronavirus.

The remaining three suspects had circulated stories that a supplement derived from chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata ‘Tricolor’) helps cure Covid-19, which the Food and Drug Administration or FDA has branded as fake news.

Upon being interrogated the suspects admitted to posting the fake stories and voluntarily agreed to delete them while also promising not to post such fake and manipulative stories again.

This centre warned the public that posting information that is considered an offense under the Computer Crime Act 2007 and the State of Emergency Decree 2005 would entail imprisonment of not more than five years and/or a fine of not more than 100,000 baht or not more than two years in imprisonment and/or not more than 40,000 baht fine.


Top: Pol. Maj. Gen. Phanthana announcing the arrest of 12 fake news suspects. Photo: INN News

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