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Believing information on social media has dangers, says Thai PM

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked the public to be careful when consuming information on social media, saying that believing distorted information has negative consequences.

Gen Prayut said he was sure that everyone must understand the power of social media by now and how it influences readers. Information travels very fast, he said, adding that a lie gets half way around the world in a matter of seconds before truth speaks up for itself.

Once people have been misled by wrong information, it is extremely difficult to change their attitudes or perceptions of the issue; therefore, he said it is important that people exercise caution when browsing the internet and are better off consuming information from reliable sources.

On a different note, Gen Prayut said the government is working to distribute wealth to rural provinces, with provincial governors leading the effort. The prime minister said he had instructed the governors to draft development plans and forward them to the central administration for approval. To draft an effective implementation plan, he said local officials must lend a helping hand to the governors given their understanding of the local people’s needs.

NNT

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