These photos of Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha have been digitally manipulated
Three photos of Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha have been shared in multiple posts on Facebook alongside a claim they are pictures of him as a young man. The claim is false; the photos have been digitally manipulated from Prayuth’s recent photos.
The photos were published on Facebook here on February 4, 2021. The post has since been shared 170 times.
The post's Thai-language caption translates to English as: “When Uncle Tu was a young man, he was very handsome and rich.”
Facebook users appeared to believe the photos are real and posted comments such as “His wife is also beautiful, can you please share us her photos when she was young" and “Uncle Tu is so handsome.”
The claim, however, is false.
Google reverse image searches found that the three photos purportedly showing the young Prayuth were digitally manipulated.
The article’s headline reads: “Throwback: ‘Uncle Tu’ tells the impression when he was held the prestigious ‘queen’s soldier’.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the image from the misleading post (L) and the genuine photo from Praew (R):
The statement reads: “Prime Minister’s Statement on October 21, 2020: Take a step back, enter the parliament, use mind and wisdom. Solve problems together.”
Below is a screenshot comparison between the doctored image (L) and the genuine photo from the government’s website (R):
The original third photo was published in this article by The Standard, a local Thai news website, on March 21, 2020.
The article’s Thai-language headline translates to English as: “March 21, 1954, General Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s birthday.”
Below is a screenshot comparison of the image in the misleading post (L) and the genuine photo from The Standard (R):
The last photo of Prayuth resembles this image of the prime minister, which appears in a YouTube video posted by the Thai Public Relations Department on May 11, 2017. The video is titled: “Protecting the country, religion and the monarchy”.