Social media use soars in flood-hit Thailand

Thais struggling to make sense of the kingdom’s deadly flood crisis are turning to social media like never before, spurred by confusing official information about the disaster, observers say.

From Facebook photos of overflowing canals to tweets warning of snakes on the loose and YouTube videos of what to pack for an evacuation, the Internet is awash with up-to-the-minute details of Thailand’s worst floods in decades.

Thais are stepping in to fill a need for real-time, practical information that is not always met by the authorities or traditional media, although social media themselves are often rife with misinformation.

Read more in Pattaya Daily News

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