Use of Facebook Live to share political ideas may be illegal, Prayuth warns

Prayuth Chan-ocha has warned political groups, who have make use of the popular social media channel to share their opinions, that they may be at risk of breaking the law.

The junta chief said that he has already sent warnings to Suthep Thaugsuban, chairman of the People’s Democratic Reform Council (PDRC) Foundation and Jatuporn Prompan, the leader of the United Front for Dictatorship Against Dictatorship (UDD) about their use of the Facebook Live service to share their opinions related to the drafted Constitution.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said that a debate between the PDRC and the UDD is being planned and will be organized by the Election Commission. It will be supported by various television stations in an attempt to avoid any confrontation and conflicts, according to National News Bureau of Thailand.

Just last week seven political activists were jailed for handing out leaflets urging people to vote against the charter.

The junta has banned criticism of the charter in the run-up to the vote. It also issued rules barring anyone from campaigning for either side ahead of the Aug. 7 referendum. Those who violate the rules face up to 10 years in prison, according to Reuters.

 

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Seven activists jailed over referendum campaign


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