Thai security agencies are monitoring what they believe to be false, distorted, and fabricated reports online in a bid to maintain national security.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has instructed responsible units to monitor online information and bring those who spread false information deemed a threat to national security, to justice.
Online fabrication and distortion is in violation of the Computer Related Crime Act, B.E. 2560, he said, adding that those found guilty will be subject to a fine and jail time.
The law stipulates that “a person who enters false data into a computer system that could cause damage to the public, create panic, or cause harm to public infrastructure, national security, public security or economic security must be subject to a maximum five-year jail term and a maximum one hundred thousand baht fine or both.”
This usually means, in tin-pot dictatorships such as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Cuba, that anything THEY don’t like is subject to censure and/or criminal charges.
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The deputy premier then pleaded with the public to check their sources before sharing and immediately alert a responsible agency should they come across fake news or information. – Winston Smith, Political Correspondent