In Thailand, lese majesty laws make make it illegal to criticize the monarchy. To make sure it stays that way, enforcers of the country’s Computer Crimes Act are watching not only what people are saying online, but what they are liking and sharing as well.
Via the Register:
The country’s Information and Communications Technology minister, Anudith Nakornthap, said that if such users “share” or “like” articles on Facebook that are considered to insult the Thai royal family, they could face sentences of between three and 15 years in jail – as laid out in Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act.
According to AFP, the dominant social network was asked to remove over 10,000 pages of material that contained images or text that the Thai ministry said was “offensive” to the monarchy.
It’s not just social networks that fall under watchful eyes. A 61-year-old man was recently convicted of sending four text messages that officials believed were offensive to the royal family.
His sentence: 20 years in jail… or, five years per offending message.