Censorship? 'Underboob selfie' banned in Thailand
MANILA, Philippines – Do you know what an "underboob selfie" is?
What started as a fashion trend – women's shirts and bikini tops cropped and designed to intentionally expose the lower half of their breasts – sported by famous celebrities gave way to a social media trend among young women: the underboob selfie.
Thailand's Culture Ministry has taken the first step to discourage this trend among women.
The country's 2007 Computer Crimes Act bans "obscene computer data which is accessible to the public," and this involves the side of a woman's breast.
Offenders could face up to 5 years in jail, according to media reports.
It did not mention how culprits could be identified. This could be the biggest problem in the enforcement of the law.
Underboob selfies usually leave the face out of view.
"Yeah, and prostitution is illegal too and how well do they enforce that law? Ha ha," said Facebook user Martin Duffy from Thailand.
Some social media users expressed their disapproval of the "puritan crusade" and saw it as another form of "censorship."
Wouldn't it be great if #underboob selfies became a symbol of resistance against the Thai Dictatorship?— Tom Earls (@BKKEarlsy) March 17, 2015
Twitter, under the rules for “private information,” disallowed the spread of "intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent."
The rule could help subjects like Kendra Sunderland or the "office sex couple" from having their photos and videos taken down.
Are you for banning underboob (or possibly underbutt!) selfies? – Rappler.com