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Police warning on April Fool’s Day pranks

Police warning on April Fool’s Day pranks

BANGKOK: A police spokesman warned on Friday (April 1) that acceptable April Fool’s Day pranks do not include posting damaging fake news on the internet, which could incur serious penalties.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 1 April 2022, 03:50PM

Pol Col Siriwat Deepor, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police Office. Photo: via Bangkok Post

Pol Col Siriwat Deepor, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police Office. Photo: via Bangkok Post

Pol Col Siriwat Deepor, deputy spokesman, said Fool’s Day is a Western tradition involving practical jokes and hoaxes played on friends.

“But sometimes, jokes or hoaxes can affect or shock society when they are posted on social media and shared widely,” he said, reported the Bangkok Post.

People should be careful when taking part, especially if the “fake news” concerns the safety of life and property, national security, terrorism, COVID-19 outbreaks and “other issues that may cause panic or confusion in society”.

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He warned that posting lies could incur charges of putting false information into a computer system if it was deemed to have caused damage to national security, public safety, economic security or public infrastructures, or made people panic.

“The offence carries a maximum jail term of five years and/or a fine of up to B100,000," Pol Col Siriwat said.

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JohnC | 03 April 2022 - 09:31:42

What about posting truths, such as how corrupt and unreliable most RTP officers on Phuket are. 

Nasa12 | 02 April 2022 - 10:27:48

It’s illegal to have fun in LOS. 

Kurt | 02 April 2022 - 10:14:18

Again a childish nonsense "please, see me in the news" of RTP officer. Why was he not reacting on the racing of 12-13 years old kids on a pier, of which 1 died? Where was he with warning  kid's parents about it instead of that April Fool's day repressing bla-bla? Something nobody takes serious.

Apirath | 01 April 2022 - 21:35:59

I suggest a progressive jail term, ie second offender to do six years in jail AND (no or) a progressive fine Bt 200,000. Third offender 7 years plus Bt 300,000. Next year start with where we left off the previous year. The deterrent should ward off would be offenders

Fascinated | 01 April 2022 - 17:15:52

I guess the 'prank police' and failed effort by the Bkk Post didn't realise that 'pranks' end at midday. 2 minutes research into this whould have put the dampers on this failed attempt.


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