Govt's anti-fake news centre to open next month

Govt's anti-fake news centre to open next month

Buddhipongse Punnakanta, the minister of digital economy and society.
Buddhipongse Punnakanta, the minister of digital economy and society.

The government's anti-fake news centre will open next month and focus on explaining the truth behind false reports, the minister of digital economy and society said on Friday.

Buddhipongse Punnakanta said the centre would be manned by about 40 officials from his ministry, CAT Telecom and TOT.

It would receive people's complaints about fake news on channels including Facebook, LINE and internet websites, and would investigate them. Then it would post explanations correcting the fake news on the sites where it was posted. This would reduce confusion, Mr Buddhipongse said.

The centre would have nothing to do with legal action or the arrest of the sources of fake news, he said.

To effectively protect society from fake news, the minister said, people, including youngsters, need to be taught how to recognise false reports. 


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