Thailand Policies Affecting Disinformation
In 2019, lawmakers also worked to strengthen the existing Computer Crimes Act in order to stop anti-government criticism. Arrests have been made against people accused of criticizing the government under this law.
Actions and Initiatives
In 2019, the Thai government started the "anti-fake news" center which surveys for online disinformation including disinformation that relates to the government as well as disinformation that affects “peace and order, good morals, and national security”. Rights groups fear that this center will be used to silence critics of the government.
On March 25th 2020, the Prime Minister of Thailand declared a state of emergency until April 30th which gave the government power to shutdown media outlets alleged with spreading false information.