Over a million pieces of fake news posted online in two years
More than a million pieces of fake news have been posted on social media since November 2019, with teachers being in the group having the highest rate of sharing such news, the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry said on Wednesday.
DES Minister Chaiwut Thanakmanusorn told reporters that the Anti-Fake News Centre had detected 1,167,543 persons who posted fake news online and 23,785,145 persons sharing false news from November 1, 2019 until December 23, 2021.
The age range with the highest rate of sharing and posting such news is between 18 and 24 years old, while people between 55 and 64 years old are in the group with the lowest rate.
The top three career groups with the highest interest in fake news are journalists, managers/chief executives, and entrepreneurs.
The top three career groups with the highest rate of sharing fake news are teachers/students, photographers, and engineers.
The ministry added that fake news to do with government policy was shared more than 50,000 times per day among netizens while the government was coming out with aid measures to tackle Covid-19 outbreaks.