Just another nail in the coffin of freedom of speech in Thailand. The kingdom of Thailand is the first country in the world that has agreed to Twitter’s recent controversial move that allows certain countries to censor tweets. According to ICT permanent secretary Jeerawan Boonperm who told the Bangkok Post that this move was a ”welcome development”
The Information and Communication Technology Ministry will work with Twitter to ensure that tweets disseminated in Thailand are in compliance with local law.
One of the first tweets from Thailand after the Twitter announcement that it could censor users country-by-country.
Thailand’s ICT permanent secretary Jeerawan Boonperm said Twitter’s move to censor or block content regarded as offensive in particular countries was a “welcome development”.
The ICT Ministry will contact Twitter shortly to discuss ways in which they could collaborate, she said.
Mrs Jeerawan added the ICT already receives “good cooperation” from companies such as Google and Facebook in ensuring that Thai laws are respected.
Twitter last week announced it would allow country-specific censorship of content that may violate local laws.
The kingdom of Thailand is the first country in the world that has agreed to Twitter’s recent controversial move that allows certain countries to censor tweets. According to ICT permanent secretary Jeerawan Boonperm who told the Bangkok Post that this move was a ”welcome development”.
In 2011 that the Thai government also contacted Facebook, sending in a request to remove over 10,000 pages which violated its lese majeste law that prevents criticism of any sort of the country’s king and royal family.
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