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TikTok teams with Thai election body in disinformation battle

Chinese social media platform seeks lessons from Philippine, Malaysian polls

Thai election czar Sawaeng Boonmee, left, and TikTok Thailand's head of public policy, Chanida Kiyphun, announce a partnership on Feb. 24. (Photo courtesy of Election Commission of Thailand)

BANGKOK -- The Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) announced on Friday a partnership with video-sharing platform TikTok to monitor disinformation and communicate with young voters ahead of a general election due by May 7.

TikTok will launch an election center on the app to communicate information from official sources such as the ECT to first-time voters. Paid political advertising by influencers and regular users will be banned and removed by moderators.

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