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.
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.