Thais are messaging on social media eight times as often since passing of the king

Since the passing of the king last week, Thai citizens have been sending eight times as many messages on social media. Before the devastating event on Oct. 13, Thais sent an average of 2,802 messages per hour.

Since then, 1.15 million messages related to the passing have been sent on social media networks, reported Bangkok Post.

The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death was announced on Oct. 13 at about 7pm and, on that day, between 6 and 8pm, messages soared to 42,421, according to Bangkok analysis company Thoth Zocial.

Sixty-two percent of the messages related to the sad news were sent through Facebook, 12.8 percent through Twitter, 10.7 percent through Instagram and 1.6 percent on YouTube.

Siriraj Hospital was the most common check-in point on Instagram and the page for the Bureau of the Royal Household was the most checked page.

Of the many, many posts and messages, most were written to share sad and mournful feelings about the passing of the late HM the King.


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