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FB ‘likes’ can constitute criminal conspiracy in eyes of law enforcers
By Wasamon Audjarint
The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- MANY people are unaware that online acts as simple as pressing “like” on a Facebook status could land them in trouble with Thailand’s computer-related crime law.

 

In one of the most recent cases, a policeman was summoned as a witness last week after his Facebook account left a “like” on a message allegedly defaming a senior police officer.

 

“We found that you pressed ‘like’ in agreement with that message, an act that increased the credibility of such information,” Pol Major Samrerng Naew-in, an investigating officer at Chonburi Police Station, said in the summons to Pol Sergeant Chakpong Wongchit.

 

Chakpong’s Facebook account left a “like” on a post with messages and voice records criticising Pol Maj-General Kritsakorn Pleethanyawong, deputy commander of the Provincial Police Region 2.

 

As Kritsakorn had filed a defamation complaint against Pol Captain Watcharin Benchanathasawat, who posted the original message, Chakpong was consequently called in as a witness.

 

The Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) has said in the past that anyone pressing “like” to a wrongful online status can be guilty as the Criminal Code’s Article 83 punishes a conspirator to a wrongful action.

 

“An act of liking a wrongful Facebook status is equal to signing to endorse such an act,” the TCSD said. “While likers may not have the direct intention [on the wrongful act], an act of pressing ‘like’ increases the credibility of such information,” the TCSD said.

 

However, Thai Netizen Network co-founder Sarinee Achavanuntakul said that merely pressing “like” can’t reflect the true intention of the person. “Only thought police would assume that ‘liking’ is a pure agreement,” she said. She saw pressing “like” as a mere reaction and did not see how it could add more weight to the credibility of the status.

 

“It doesn’t matter how wrongful that online message is,” she said. “Pressing ‘like’ shouldn’t be wrong from the start. It doesn’t even have enough weight to judge a liker as being involved in such a post – that he has to be summoned as a witness.”

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30314936

 
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...new category,  Undecided... somewhat undecided, certainly undecided, and never undecided.

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So a Farang in her own country presses the like button and then comes on holiday and gets arrested under CCA. That will do wonders for tourism if they try that on and they will as we know.

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If cracking down on those who like the wrong thing is something the Thais really do get serious about then any idea not just of freedom of speech in Thailand, but freedom of thought, is gone.

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Dear Thailand:passifier:

Please where I came from...

There's something called freedom of speech and expression!!!

It just fun.:sorry:

 

 

 

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New button coming soon:

 

"I cant press like as I'm in Thailand"

 

That should fix it.

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2 minutes ago, Ebony19 said:

Dear Thailand:passifier:

Please where I came from...

There's something called freedom of speech and expression!!!

It just fun.:sorry:

 

 

 

 
 

...5555. you're in LOS now, bud... unless you're rich of course, then no problems..... always undecided....

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1 minute ago, Jessi said:

New button coming soon:

 

"I cant press like as I'm in Thailand"

 

That should fix it.

Don't click LIKE on this or it may get you in deep Sh!t.

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1 minute ago, Jessi said:

Don't click LIKE on this or it may get you in deep Sh!t.

Oops

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1 minute ago, Rhys said:

...5555. you're in LOS now, bud... unless you're rich of course, then no problems..... always undecided....

Sigh!!! Thanks for the reminder!!

 

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How about pressing 'like' for an article you don't agree with but maybe well argued and written? I've done that in the past but now that can land me in serious trouble.

This country seems to be getting more paranoid and authoritarian by the day.

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I would be inclined to agree with the view.......that if you press "like" to a post,..... you are endorsing it.

In most countries that would not be a problem.

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So if I like something and another person doesn't then that person can have me arrested.  Freedom of speech/expression is certainly dead in Thailand.

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Better not to have an opinion,be part of the silent majority,

thats what is happening here,even if 100% true,you can still

be sued,and all that entails in a Thai court room.

regards worgeordie

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