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Police Weigh Computer Crime Act Prosecution For FB Bangkok Bomb Hoax

Those responsible for a bogus news article that triggered Facebook to warn people there had been a large explosion in the capital could be prosecuted under the Computer Crime Act, police said Wednesday.

bomb-hoax-thailandThe false report created alarm throughout the capital Tuesday night and was traced back to a fake news site that routinely takes content from other sites. But a police spokesman said investigators were verifying whether it was a technical error or if someone intentionally created the hoax to instigate unrest.

“If it was intentionally created by someone, they will be punished under the Article 14(2) of the Computer Crime Act,” said deputy police spokesman Kritsana Pattanacharoen.

Article 14(2) of the 2007 law said those who put false information onto a computer which could damage national security or instigate unrest can be punished by up to five years in jail or a 500,000 baht fine.

Full Story – Khaosod English

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