Thailand: Man faces 32 years for ‘liking’ something on Facebook

Thailand: Man faces 32 years for ‘liking’ something on Facebook
(Image via Complex.com, credit Derek Key)

[Ed. – And no, this is not The Onion.  Technically, it appears the punishment is also for sharing something on Facebook.]

A Facebook user in Thailand has been arrested for liking a photo on Facebook and now faces decades in jail, according to the Bangkok Post. Thanakorn Siripaiboon, a 27-year-old auto factory worker, was arrested this week and charged with sedition and “computer crimes.” Why, you ask?

“On December 2, he clicked ‘Like’ on a doctored photo of the King and shared it with 608 friends,” Col. Burin Thongprapai tells AFP. The man had allegedly liked a “doctored photo of HM the King” and shared an “infographic” about the Rajabhakti Park scandal. ​Siripaiboon has reportedly confessed to the charges brought against him and is facing “up to” 32 years in prison. …

Anyone convicted of insulting the King, Queen, heir or regent is subject to a possible 15 years for each count.

Continue reading →


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.