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<div>The application Line will cooperate with the Thai junta to suppress lèse majesté content during the period of national mourning for the late King, claims Thailand’s Digital Minister. </div>
By Austin Silvan |
<p dir="ltr">In light of recent concerns of online security, and after talks with an IT security specialist, it appears that Thai netizens should be more concerned with personal data breaches of their own cause, rather than security breaches of the social media platforms they use.</p>
<div>LINE Corporation has banned cartoon stickers that lampoons the Thai royal family and issued an apology for its lack of “cultural sensitivity”. Meanwhile, the Thai police are searching for the stickers’ creators.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The sticker set, created by Anna Laurent, believed to be a pseudonym, was removed from the application before 4 am on Thursday. The set is composed of 40 cartoon images, involving six main characters -- a father, a mother and their four grown-up children. A description of the set read ‘A happy family wants to share its emotions with the world . . </div>
<p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-df4a70bf-7f79-506c-8816-83c8678cb9e9">The Thai authorities have denied reports that they are intercepting a popular smartphone chat application to hunt down lèse majesté suspects.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5faddcb9-7a3a-91d1-b301-3434a8659db7">The Thai authorities revealed that they can access all communications made by 33 million Thai users of the popular chat application, saying it specifically focuses on lèse majesté messages. &nbsp;</span></p> <p></p>
<div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) is proposing a plan to build a state-owned Facebook-like social networking site called Thailand Social Network.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Surachai Srisarakam, MICT Permanent Secretary, said the Thailand Social Network is part of the Ministry’s plan to build the country’s digital infrastructure, called “Smart Thailand,” according to Matichon Online. </div></div>
<div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thai authorities will spy on the country’s popular mobile chat applications by infiltrating into chat groups which are suspected of disseminating anti-junta comments. </div></div>
<div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has blocked 219 websites which are deemed threats to “national security” according to an order of the military junta and it will ask Facebook, YouTube and Line, a chat application, to ban some user accounts which disseminate “illegal” content, Surachai Srisakam, Permanent Secretary of the MICT, told media on Tuesday.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The MICT is also drafting a plan to build a national internet gateway so that censorship measures can be applied by the state more efficiently. </div></div>
<div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Under the century-old martial law declared by the army, a special body, set up on Wednesday to be responsible for internet censorship, vowed to shut down websites in an hour.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The body is composed of representatives from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the police, and the army’s special peacekeeping body, the Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC). </div></div>