9 held for posting election ‘fake news’

- AFP

Mar 29, 2019-

BANGKOK: Nine people have been arrested in Thailand for spreading “fake news” on Facebook with posts about sacked election officials and bogus ballots in the wake of controversial polls in the kingdom.

A Thai official said onThursday that nine people were arrested for sharing fake news on Facebook claiming two election commissioners had been sacked and that 600,000 illegitimate ballots were mixed into the vote count. They were charged on Wednesday under the draconian Computer Crimes Act “for sharing or onpassing false information”, said Siriwat Deephor, a spokesman for the Computer Crime Suppression Division Police. “They confessed and said they didn’t know that it was fake news,” he added.

The accused face up to five years in jail and a $3,100 fine.

Published: 29-03-2019 10:54

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