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Election Commission issues defamation warning

BANGKOK: The Office of the Election Commission (EC) warns that posting text, sharing or commenting on messages that defame political candidates violates the Computer Crime Act.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 19 February 2019, 12:12PM

Posting, sharing or commenting on defamatory messages violates the Computer Crime Act. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Posting, sharing or commenting on defamatory messages violates the Computer Crime Act. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Facebook, Google and Line accepted a call to remove illegal content within two days by using artificial intelligence to detect fake video clips.

“Any activities that violate the election law taking place offline are also considered illegal when they are put online,” Pol Capt Chanin Noilek, chief of the EC’s legal department, said at a seminar on the “Scope of Online Election Advertising” held by the IT Press Club.

Candidates and supporters can use the online channel and pay for online advertising freely, but if more than B10,000 they need to declare the expense after the election.

Candidates can declare policies as online content for the election campaign, but they must not use any rude words, nor defame, insult or distribute untrue policies or facts.

If any rude or impolite words are found, or any content leads to conflict, those are against the law and the EC can order those who post the content to remove it. They can also inform internet service providers (ISPs), and those ISPs that post such content will face a jail sentence of up to six months, with a B10,000 fine as it breaks sections 70 and 159 of the EC law.

In cases where users like, share, post or comment on content that insults others, they will be charged with defamation under the Criminal Act. In cases where content is not true and defames and is distributed online, the content owner will be charged under the Computer Crime Act.

Pol Capt Chanin suggested users only read content that is posted as messages from candidates. Supporters of politicians who distribute illegal content also face a penalty.

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In addition, the EC has an electronic war room to monitor online content, detecting and reporting to the commission so it can be removed. The EC has a direct channel to Facebook, Line and Google to remove content within two days, and can go to court within two weeks for an investigation.

The EC is also working with the police to investigate cases, but it requires collaboration with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and the Digital Economy and Society Ministry to block websites.

Udomtipok Phaikaset, vice-president of the Thai Webmaster Association, said the ECshould provide a list of all legitimate political party websites to help citizens.


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Kurt | 27 February 2019 - 13:02:11

Well... 50+ people from 4.0 countries not feel to change Thailand but do suggestions to make it a better livable place for the thai . Safer tourists boats, Van's ( speed limiters), clean beach water, safe road behavior ( job for RTP), no smog blowing busses, trucks, etc. Watermanagement. Incinerator capacity. In short, suggestions for a Thailand 4.0, as the thai want it themselves.

DeKaaskopp | 26 February 2019 - 15:44:05

"We have to be patient as long 70+ age people run this country like it is their shop" How about all those near 70 or over 70 year old expats who always come up with their brilliant ideas to change this country like it is their shop. How patient one has to be ?

Kurt | 26 February 2019 - 12:27:05

With interest I follow the wrangling/twisting election approach. An EC, with a 'war room', controlling Facebook,  Google, and Line in Thailand. Advertising free, but if more than 10,000 thb ( very little) must be declared?  For what? May be the money came from a friend who passed away.
The whole article breathe a election barrier/blocking atmosphere what is not normal for a free election.

CaptainJack69 | 20 February 2019 - 12:39:05

BTW Phuket News, your comment submission portal is STILL chopping the last 20 or so characters off everyone's comments.

CaptainJack69 | 20 February 2019 - 12:36:48

If people don't want to see "impolite" or "insulting" they should just stay off the internet. Generation snow-flake controls social media. Everyone has an opinion and everyone feels entitled to be both offended and insulted if they don't agree. Opinions are entirely subjective and legislating against them is impossible.

Kurt | 20 February 2019 - 12:10:56

Well, to expect a jump from 19th- to 21st century thinking/handling is to much to ask. We have to be patient as long 70+ age people run this country like it is their shop.  But 1 thing is comforting, we always will be told the right time of the day!

Discover Thainess | 19 February 2019 - 13:48:27

Imagine if the developed world had such laws. This does raise the question as to how to campaign effectively. Life in the developing world I suppose.

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