Doctored report falsely warns of new nationwide curfew in Thailand after Covid-19 infections surge
As Covid-19 infections surged in Thailand, multiple Facebook posts shared a purported news report stating a new nationwide curfew would be announced on April 23, 2021. The claim is false: the photo has been doctored from an old news report about an earlier nationwide curfew. In response to the misleading Facebook posts, the Thai government said the purported announcement was “fake”.
The photo was posted here on Facebook on April 21, 2021.
It was shared more than 6,500 times before it was deleted.
The photo bears the logo for Thai television station Channel 3.
The Thai-language text overlaid on the image translates to English as: “Nationwide curfew! Do not leave home 10 pm - 4 am / Effective April 23, 2021.”
The misleading post circulated online as Thai authorities imposed new restrictions in a bid to curb a surge of Covid-19 infections, AFP reported.
As of April 22, 2021, the country’s Ministry of Public Health has logged more than 48,000 Covid-19 infections and 117 deaths from the disease.
The photo also circulated on the mobile messaging application Line alongside a similar claim.
The claim is false: the photo has been doctored.
A reverse image search on Google found the original photo was posted by Channel 3 on Twitter here on April 2, 2020.
The date in the original photo was digitally altered from “April 3, 2020” and replaced with “April 23, 2021”.
ด่วน!! เคอร์ฟิวทั่วประเทศ 4 ทุ่ม-ตี 4 เริ่ม 3 เม.ย.— Ch3ThailandNews (@Ch3ThailandNews) April 2, 2020
สำนักโฆษกรัฐบาล รายงานว่า ในการประชุม ศบค.วันนี้ นายกฯได้แจ้งเรื่องการการประกาศสถานการณ์ฉุกเฉินเพิ่มเติม โดยกำหนด #เคอร์ฟิว ทั่วประเทศระหว่างเวลา 22.00-04.00 น. ตั้งแต่ 3 เม.ย.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the doctored photo in the misleading posts (L) and the original photo (R):
In response to the misleading Facebook posts, the Thai government said the purported announcement was “fake”
"There has been no announcement of a curfew, or measures that will completely prohibit going outdoors," it said in a statement posted here on Facebook on April 21, 2021.
Channel 3 said the image in the misleading Facebook posts had been doctored.
“We would like to urge everyone to be careful in sending this false message, and please follow the news closely so you don't become a victim of the perpetrators", the media company said in a statement posted here on April 21, 2021.