Digital censorship continues – offenders could face up to three years in jail for baring the bottom half of their breasts
Thailand made a huge step forward midway through January when it announced that it was to introduce a legal third gender, a move representative of the country's vibrant community of kathoeys. However, Thailand's prudish culture ministry has slapped a ban on women posting underboob selfies online, a practice that Thai women are currently going crazy for. Apparently, posting underboobs could count as a computer crime.
Thailand's Computer Crime Act bans anything that may "cause public panic" and "obscene computer data available to the public". Not only has the underboob trend been outlawed, it also carries a possible three year jail punishment. Culture ministry spokesman Anandha Chouchoti told Reuters: "When people take these 'underboob selfies' no one can see their faces. So it's like, we don't know who these belong to, and it encourages others to do the same. We can only warn people to not take it up. They are inappropriate actions."
Thailand is currently under army rule after a successful military coup in May 2014. Despite Thailand's reputation for its wild nightlife and dynamic ladyboy population, the authorities can be conservative with censorship. The underboob does not fall foul of Facebook's new content rules – the social network only bans breasts if the whole nipple is out. Fully exposed buttocks are also forbidden. Read the full list of community standards here.
It's unclear where Thailand's culture ministry stands on the sideboob, but it seems that upperboobs are fine.
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