Bangkok (NNT/VNA) - The Ministry of a Digital Economy and Society is encouraging safe online media use and discretion, before sharing with the country’s youth the Stop Fake News seminar, promoting online media literacy with a LINE partnership.

Minister of Digital Economy and Society Puttipong Punnakanta presided over the opening ceremony of the Stop Fake News seminar aimed at promoting online media literacy and discretion before sharing with Thai youth to prevent the spread of misinformation.

The seminar was organised by social media platform LINE Thailand, with communication arts and journalism students participating. LINE Thailand CEO Phichet Rerkpreecha said today the company has been cooperating with the Ministry of a Digital Economy and Society to set up an anti- Fake News Centre operating to prevent the spread of fake news. The platform, popular for its messaging service, will offer a group in which users share and verify online stories in the future.

The ministry’s Fake News Centre is being set up by a team working to verify the correctness and accuracy of information, using specific technologies in keeping with international standards, which are beneficial to the general public. LINE will be visiting the center to follow up on its establishment and operations.

Mr Phichet said that LINE currently has 44 million users, while its LINE TODAY news service now has more than 1 trillion participants in readership per month. He said the seminar today marks a good start to creating an understanding among the news audience and their ability to discern fake news and misinformation. The seminar was held in Bangkok today, and will also be held in Khon Kaen at Khon Kaen International Convention and Exhibition Center, where some 400 communication arts and journalism students and teachers will be participating./.