Thailand’s Telecom Regulator Encourages Facebook Users to Spy Each Another
The NBTC gives instructions on how to report them using each platformâ€™s tools and then contact them
BANGKOK – Thailandâ€™s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the countryâ€™s telecoms regulator is encouraging citizens to report â€œinappropriate commentsâ€ on emails and social media, particularly those posted on Facebook, Line, and YouTube.
Its’s asking for people to â€œcollaborate to suppress inappropriate messages,â€ without really defining what these are. It includes instructions on how to report them using each platformâ€™s tools and then contact the NBTC.
Tech in Asia spoke with a few internet users in Thailand. They found the leaflet strange, considering thereâ€™s already a Technology Crime Suppression Division within the Royal Thai Police thatâ€™s responsible for tracking down offensive online content.
The literature comes from Thailandâ€™s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the countryâ€™s telecoms regulator.
While not explicitly mentioned, itâ€™s likely this is related to Thailandâ€™s strict â€œlÃ¨se majestÃ©â€ laws. Specifically, article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code makes it illegal for anyone to express negative views about the countryâ€™s royal family. If youâ€™re wondering how extensive this is, in August a woman was charged under article 112 for replying â€œyesâ€ to a Facebook post that criticized the monarchy.
According to Reuters, Thai ISPs started requesting their customers to report â€œcontent offensive to the royal institutionâ€ a few days after King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on October 13.
In late October, the Bangkok Post said that around â€œ100 web addressesâ€ on YouTube had been blocked for insulting the monarchy in what the government called a â€œjoint blocking effortâ€ with Google.
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on Nov 7 2016. Filed under Regional News
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