Wisarut Butkhun, 32, was found dead in his house in Chanthaburi province with a bullet hole in his forehead. His father and uncle said he shot himself after being harassed over political comments on Facebook. Source: Krisada Sawatdichai
Would you pay over 200,000 baht for a painting that you cannot hang even in your house? A group of businessmen has won the bid for a portrait of an exiled historian by a satirical cartoon page.
The police have issued a summons for an anti-junta historian and former rector of Thammasat University for sharing a fake news report about a purse of Prayut’s wife. On 23 January 2018, Pol Col Olarn Sukkasem from the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) revealed that investigators had summoned the renowned historian, Charnvit Kasetsiri, to report on Friday. Charnvit was accused of disseminating forged computer data likely to cause damage to a third party, a violation the Computer Crimes Act.
Facebook has complied with a request from the junta to restrict user access to a video posted by an exiled critic of the monarchy, citing Thailand’s newly amended Computer Crimes Act. On 4 May 2017, the exiled academic Somsak Jeamteerasakul announced on his Facebook page that he had received an email from Facebook informing him that one of his posts violates Thailand’s 2007 Computer Crimes Act (CCA).
Facebook has published a report revealing that the junta requested access to personal information on three Facebook users during the first half of 2016. Photo courtesy of
In a secret hearing, a provincial court has revoked bail in a lèse majesté case, ruling that the suspect insulted the authorities in a Facebook post. On 22 December 2016, Khon Kaen Provincial Court approved a police request to revoke bail for Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, the first person charged with lèse majesté under the reign of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The court conducted the hearing in secret and ruled that the suspect has violated bail conditions.
Eight persons linked to a satirical Facebook community page were charged with sedition and computer crimes on 28 April. They are scheduled to appear in a military court on 3 July.
In light of recent concerns of online security, and after talks with an IT security specialist, it appears that Thai netizens should be more concerned with personal data breaches of their own cause, rather than security breaches of the social media platforms they use.
The military has gone to a new level by intimidating a pro-democracy Buddhist monk at his temple. On Thursday, 12 May 2016, Phraiwan Wannabut revealed on Facebook and to Prachatai that the military had visited him at his temple more than five times and will come again this Saturday. Each time, the military take photos of the monk and plead with the monk to stop all political activities, including writing articles and Facebook posts, and also offer him lunch.