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So long, Popyut. 

Thai netizens had a good run clicking on Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s face to pop his mouth open – up to billions of clicks – before the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society decided to ban the viral clicker game, known as Popyut.

As a result, Popyut’s site now reads, “This content has been suspended due to its illicit acts,” in accordance with the Computer Crime Act, a piece of legislation often used by the military-backed government to limit freedom of expression in the country. 

‘Popcat’ champs of Thailand take aim at PM with ‘Popyut’

Popyut was born just last week, after the clicker game Popcat started to gain momentum in Thailand. Amid its exploding popularity, Thailand quickly climbed the ranks – from No. 22 to No. 5 – within hours before seizing the top spot, beating countries such as Taiwan and Malaysia.

Made by the same developer behind the 120-day countdown clock on Prayuth’s promise to reopen the country, a vow ridiculed at the time that appears all the less likely as COVID-19 continues to spread.

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‘Popcat’ champs of Thailand take aim at PM with ‘Popyut’

This article, So sensitive! Thailand bans ‘PopYut’ clicker game mocking PM, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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