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Gone Viral

A Study on the Social and Economic Impact of Covid-19 related "fake news" in Thailand

In the time it has taken for your
eyes to travel through these words,
people have engaged with
news about Covid-19

“ We are not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic. Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this coronavirus & is just as dangerous. ”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), speaking at the Munich Security Conference in February 2020.

Quotes
  • “ Acting On The Wrong Information Can Kill. ”

    WHO, April 27, 2021

    In the first 3 months of 2020, nearly 6,000 people worldwide were hospitalized because of coronavirus misinformation, recent research suggests. During this period, researchers say at least 800 people may have died due to misinformation related to COVID-19.

    (Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/featurestories/detail/fighting-misinformation-in-the-time-of-covid-19-one-click-at-a-time)

  • “ The term ‘fake news’ is a trap because ‘news’ connote news stories. Using the term thus can be a way to discredit media outlets as conveyors of confusing information… ”

    Supinya Klangnarong, co-founder of Cofact, a collaborative fact-checking platform

  • “ Human nature guides us to trust our existing field of experience and to seek what’s familiar to our knowledge from the news to encourage and compound those beliefs. ”

    Thipnapa Huansuriya, Ph.D. Lecturer, Faculty of Psychology, Chulalongkorn University

  • “ Fake news can result in policy not being based on scientific principles. ”

    Nonarit Bisonyabut, Ph.D. Research fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute

  • “ I’d like to warn people to think twice before posting fake or distorted news on the internet, or else legal action will follow. ”

    Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society

  • “ Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ordered every government office to set up an anti-fake news center to counter false information and publicise clarifications on a timely basis. ”

    Anucha Buraphachaisi, Government Spokesman, June 20, 2021

  • “ Access to accurate information is important to maintain democratic checks and balances on public health policy implementation to overcome the virus and its resultant infodemic. To best counter the Covid-19 infodemic, governments should aim to foster a transparent information environment conducive to combating the virus, where government officials, media and citizens alike may be held accountable. ”

    Dr James Gomez and Dr Robin Ramcharan, directors of Asia Centre, a Bangkok-based non-profit organisation society involved in democracy, elections and human rights issue, in “‘Infodemic’ infects Southeast Asia’’, published in the Bangkok Post, August 24, 2021.

COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Last updated: Dec 01, 2021 at 18:20 hrs.

Thailand’s situation

Total cases:2,120,758
Daily New Cases:+4,886
Recovered:2,025,754
Deaths:20,812
Rank:24

Confirmed Cases by Country

World’s situation

Total cases:263,196,827
Active cases:22,004,975
Recovered:235,955,354
Deaths:5,236,498
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