The Southeast Asian country has detected 14 cases, the second-highest number outside China where 170 have been killed since the outbreak emerged in the city of Wuhan.
Thailand’s digital economy minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta told AFP that a man and woman were charged with violating the computer crimes act — which can carry up to five years in prison — for separate social media posts about the SARS-like virus.
One was a misleading video clip while another promoted false information about an alleged case in a beachside city.
“They already admitted that they created fake news,” Buddhipongse said, adding that more suspects are being investigated and others should take note.
“You better think a lot more and look for sources of where news comes from.”
The internet has unleashed a deluge of misinformation over the virus, from misleading death tolls to quack remedies and even prejudice against Chinese people.