Twitter poll results don't show 'wide support' for Thailand's travel policy - Full Fact

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An article in The Independent claims majority support for Thailand's decision to admit vaccinated travellers. But Twitter polls mean nothing.
Twitter poll results don't show 'wide support' for Thailand's travel policy

6 April 2021

What was claimed A majority are in favour of Thailand's policy of admitting vaccinated travellers. Our verdict This is based on results from a self-selected Twitter poll, so it is meaningless.

UK attitudes to Thailand's foreign travel policy are not normally high up the list of misinformation concerns.

Nevertheless, an article on the subject in The Independent does neatly encapsulate almost everything that is bad about doing polls on social media. Though, to be fair, it does seem to have some self-awareness of this.

The article claims that most people are in favour of Thailand's plans to open up to vaccinated travellers from 1 July.

It cites as evidence the results of a "Twitter poll conducted for The Independent". This turns out to be a Twitter poll posted by the journalist who wrote the article.

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