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Underboob selfies break the law… if you’re in Thailand

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Thai officials warn against the underboob selfie craze.

Thai officials warn against the underboob selfie craze.

Thai officials have warned that posting an underboob selfie – that is, a photo of yourself angled to catch the lower region of a woman’s breasts – online could land them in legal trouble.

Thailand’s Culture Ministry is suggesting women stay away from the social media trend as it potentially violates the country’s Computer Crimes Act.

The 2007 Computer Crimes Act includes a section against pornography. Specifically, it bans anything that could cause “damage to the country’s security or causes public panic” and “any obscene computer data which is accessible to the public.” And it’s clear these suggestive selfies risk crossing the line of tasteless and obscene.

But it’s unclear how exactly perpetrators would be identified and punished. 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.”

Interestingly, though, the act prohibiting obscenity apparently says nothing directly about boobs. Probably, of course, because there’s a 50% chance someone posting an image online in Thailand will have them.