Thailand elections: 9 People arrested for spreading ‘fake news’ on FB

In Thailand, nine people have been arrested for spreading “fake news” on Facebook with posts about sacked election officials and bogus ballots in the wake of controversial polls in the kingdom.

The accused face up to five years in jail and a fine of over 3,000 Dollars.

Junta-ruled Thailand held voting last Sunday, the first after a 2014 coup. Both the military-backed Phalang Pracharat party and its main rival party Pheu Thai are claiming the right to govern.

Full official results have not yet been released but questions are mounting over election irregularities that may have skewed initial numbers.

In order to appoint a Prime Minister, the winning party must clinch more than half of the 750 seats in the combined lower and upper houses. 

The Hindu

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