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Commander of the Phuket Provincial Police, Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen, has urged people to be aware of the consequences of breaching Thailand’s new Computer Crime Act 2017, which came into effect on Wednesday (May 24).
“Any person or business which promotes a product or products on another person’s or businesses social media page will be breaking the law according to the new Computer Crime Act 2017,” he said.
“Furthermore, if any person or business sends an SMS advertising a product or products to a number which has not given permission to do so, or sends spam email to an email address, then that person or business, if found guilty, will also be liable to pay a fine also of B200,000,” he explained.
Gen Teeraphol went on to state that pressing the Like button on Facebook should not be a problem unless what somebody has Liked it in relation to the Royal Family.
“If anyone if found guilty of breaking this law then they will be charged under Section 112 of the Criminal Code,” he said.
With regards to Sharing Facebook posts, Gen Teeraphol explained that if shared Facebook posts are deemed to have some form of negative effect on a third party, then the person who shared the post can be charged under Computer Crime Act 2017.
In addition, if any device owner finds illegal information stored on their device which they are not responsible for putting there, they can report this to relevant officials, he said.
“After it is reported then the device owner must remove the content and they will not be charged,” Gen Teeraphol confirmed.
“Also, pornographic material MUST NOT be posted or shared, and if a post refers to a minor then the faces of that minor must be blurred,” he said.
“However, if it is a post that is respectfully praising and congratulating a minor then the face does not have to be blurred,” he added.
“With regards to posts relating to a deceased person, these posts must not be ruin one’s reputation, or look down upon or show hatred towards that person,” he said.
“If the family of the deceased see that a post does ruin one’s reputation, or looks down upon or show hatred towards that person, then they can take action against the person who has made that post,” he added.
Gen Teeraphol then went on to say that any posts that are seen to scold another person, or if a post is made against another person which is untrue or may cause damage to another person, then the poster can be charged under the new law.
“If found guilty, the poster could be jailed up to three years or fined up to B200,000,” he said.
In concluding his warning, Gen Teeraphol said that people must also take care when sharing and posting songs, pictures, or videos as doing so might infringe on copyright.
“This could also apply to another person’s photos when they have been used for advertising purposes,” Gen Teeraphol concluded.