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In first, election rules to limit social media campaigning


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In first, election rules to limit social media campaigning

By Teeranai Charuvastra, Staff Reporter

 

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A candidate from Chart Pattana Puea Pandin Party campaigns at Siam Paragon on June 11, 2011.

 

BANGKOK — Those planning to meme their way to electoral triumph via savvy Facebook campaigns need to think twice. Riding the easy train into parliament and Government House won’t be as simple as hiring the zeitgeist-exploding girls of BNK48 to serenade the youth vote.

 

New campaign rules implemented yesterday alongside an actual poll date covered everything from how much money can be spent and the wording of campaign posters to a ban on hosting “entertainment” to a political party’s advantage.

 

Full Story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2019/01/24/in-first-election-rules-to-limit-social-media-campaigning/

 

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Like so many other laws, rules and regulations…these campaign guidelines will not apply to everyone. They will be selectively applied to restrict, harass and punish those who do not enjoy ‘official’ favor...while Junta-friendly parties and candidates will be able to do as they wish. Welcome to Democratic Thailand.

 

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“Violations on social media are digital [crimes], which are not hard to trace,” Election Commissioner Charungwit Phumma told reporters.

Also known as thought crimes.

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I don't think the bulk of the Thai people have quite realised yet that the whole election is rigged from A to Z and that Prayut and his band of merry men will return (that has already been fixed and determined) - only this time with added international 'legitimacy', as he has come through the 'election' process.

 

My guess is the ire of the Thais (a relative few of them, anyway) will only be roused when they hear the official declaration, months hence, that Prayut has won and will continue to lead the nation for another four years. It is THEN that a tiny bit of s...t will hit the fan. Expect street demonstrations - but not HUGE ones (not like the mass gathering of Red Shirts in BKK in 2010). Several thousand brave Thais will make their voices heard. The rest will grumble and whisper behind their hands.

 

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19 hours ago, dcnx said:

This pony show is a good one. 

The current trick pony gets to run free while the dogs are all leashed to the circus tent's center pole.  Yeah, it'll be an below average dog and pony show for sure.  Easy to guess the plot and the eventual outcome.

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Social media reaches the youth more than any other demographic and they are pretty good at using emerging social media platforms so if a party were to enlist a few college students they may still be able to reach the youth without quite as much risk. But in the end this effort to censor and control political opposition by the junta needs to be challenged in public as well so the voters realize that the information they are being provided is heavily censored by one of the candidates.

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