‘Liking’ Something on Facebook Could Land You Behind Bars in Thailand
Thai authorities are apparently cracking down on virtual dissent, making the ubiquitous Facebook “like” a prosecutable offense if you choose to support specific groups.
Basically, if you “like” a group that expresses anti-monarchy ideals, then you could end up in jail for quite a long time.
This comes on the heels of the arrest of Amphon Tangnoppaku, a 61-year-old man who is serving twenty years behind bars for sending a text message deemed offensive to the queen of Thailand.
Anudith Nakornthap, the country’s information technology minister, said that doing anything similar on Facebook, such as “liking” something offensive, would be considered breaking lèse-majesté laws and could therefore lead to prosecution.
In short, it would be considered “indirectly distributing inappropriate content.”
This blow to freedom of speech has attracted the attention of Amnesty International, which condemned the imprisonment of Tangnoppaku.
Referring to him as a “political prisoner,” Amnesty International’s Benjamin Zawacki Zawacki stated that this form of repression is “the order of the day” in Thailand.