Authorities to crack down on spread of ‘false information’

Security and domestic affairs authorities have been told to strictly enforce relevant laws to suppress ongoing spreading of false information and rumours via social media following the passing of His Majesty the King. Deputy army spokesperson Col Sirichan Ngathong said that Army Chief General Chalermchai Sittisat, in his capacity as secretary-general of the National Council for Peace and Order, had instructed security officials after the NCPO meeting on October 17. They were told to swiftly convey correct information via every available mode of communication to counter false information and rumours spread on social media over recent days. He also told them to strictly enforce laws against wrongdoers and bring them to justice.  The Royal Police also vowed to take similar action to suppress the spread of social media rumours and false information. “We insist that inappropriate online commentators are prosecuted if found,” said acting deputy police chief Pol General Dechnarong Sutthicharnbancha. “Everyone must know their roles during this moment.”