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Govt taking legal action against major social media providers

Govt taking legal action against major social media providers

BANGKOK: The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society on Thursday (Sept 24) asked technology crime suppression police to prosecute major social media providers for failing to remove all illegal posts they were warned about.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 24 September 2020, 05:33PM


Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta elaborates on his complaint about illegal posts on social media at the Technology Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Thursday (Sept 24). Photo: Wassayos Ngamkham / Bangkok Post

Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta elaborates on his complaint about illegal posts on social media at the Technology Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Thursday (Sept 24). Photo: Wassayos Ngamkham / Bangkok Post

It also targetted social media users who posted messages offending the royal institution during the anti-government demonstration in Bangkok last weekend, reports the Bangkok Post.

Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, filed the complaint at the Technology Crime Suppression Division.

He said his ministry had sent warning letters to the operators of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter telling them to block illegal information within 15 days, but they did not fully cooperate.

He said the warnings attached with relevant court orders targetted 661 links on Facebook and 225 of the links were removed.

The ministry did the same for 69 links on Twitter and five of them were removed. Meanwhile, 289 links on YouTube were completely blocked on Wednesday.

“It is the first time in Thailand that the [computer crime] law is exercised to prosecute the service providers. Charges will go to the parent company of all the organisations. The police will use Thai laws because the offences happened in Thailand. I believe the police can do it," Mr Buddhipongse said.

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The minister also asked the police division to prosecute social media users who disseminated the messages that offended the royal institution during the anti-government protest on Sept 19-20.

Mr Buddhipongse alleged that five social media users committed sedition and put false information into a computer system.

Two of them were Facebook users, including an administrator of a page, and three others were Twitter users who led demonstrations by students, the minister said.

The complaint was received by Pol Col Siriwat Deepor, Deputy Commander of the Technology Crime Suppression Division.

He said that social media operators who breach the Computer Crime Act were liable to a fine of B200,000 per illegal post, plus a daily fine of B5,000 until they were removed.

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Kurt | 25 September 2020 - 09:55:26

It becomes step by step a Thai Officialdom trend to label things they not like as being 'illegal', not realizing that in the eyes of the outside world ( that is existing, Thai Officials!) they play the wrong anti democratic cards and put Kingdom of Thailand in a isolating position. Bad for Image, Tourism, Business, and Investments. Muzzling press freedom comes with a price to pay. Always.

Sandbar | 24 September 2020 - 20:09:32

So the "digital" minister is going to try and suppress freedom of speach on the social media forum. Good luck for that. The more you try and supress freedom of speech, the more you attract attention on the global web! 
 

 

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