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Thai police accuse anonymous social media users of inciting looting during protests

Maya Taylor




A spokesman for the Thai police says the Digital Economy and Society Ministry has asked for action to be taken against 58 social media accounts accused of “encouraging looting” at anti-government protests. Siriwat Deepor says the anonymous Twitter accounts are pointing to political demonstrations in other countries where looting occurs and property is destroyed.

“Chats in Twitter are claiming this kind of action (looting) occurs during rallies abroad. They are persuading participants to destroy government and private property at rally sites to raise the level of protest. We are concerned over this behaviour and would like to warn people who attend rallies not to become a tool of the bad guys who are trying to provoke these actions. Besides violating the state of emergency, such offences constitute theft, robbery, or causing loss of property under the Criminal Code.”

He adds that some responsible social media users warn against such actions and continue to advocate for peaceful protest as a way to achieve their objectives.

“We would like to thank you for your mindfulness in warning each other as a precautionary measure against third-party or malicious intervention.”

Siriwat adds that anyone caught using social media to incite violence at political rallies will be prosecuted for violation of the Computer Crimes Act and the state of emergency. His warning comes after police denied there were plans to block access to online platforms or media outlets.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:37 pm


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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    If they were anonymous, they could have been agent provocateurs, such as the police.

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    Noneya Bidnizz

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:09 am

    So , The GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS who posted the incitements to loot will be prosecuted ?

    Right after boss is I think . —–

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    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 3:11 am

    Sometimes internet trolls just would like to see the world burn and people hurt wile sitting safely at home laughing

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    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 9:05 am

    The biggest looters are those in power, desperate smear tactics by them

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