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More than 100 sites have shut down in Thailand since start of coup

Saiyai Sakawee
Saiyai Sakawee
4:15 pm on May 26, 2014

Thailand coup

Thailand has been under martial law since May 20th and under a military coup since last Thursday. To keep the situation under control, the military junta has already ordered over 100 websites to be blocked in the kingdom of Thailand since the army seized power.

According to Dailynews, Thailand’s ministry of ICT has shut down over 100 URLs deemed a “threat” to the country since the coup was annouced. The sites supposedly contain content that is provocative, insulting, or breaks the lèse-majesté law.

The army warned citizens about the internet crackdown when martial law first took hold.

See: Internet service providers summoned to meet coup leaders in Thailand

Social media are also being watched. Even if a post isn’t intended to stir controversy, should the comments somehow threaten the stability of the nation, your Facebook page could be blocked.

Popular messaging app Line’s Thailand executive stated the authorities haven’t contacted the company regarding censorship. However, the army won’t need to go directly to social media companies such as Facebook, YouTube, or Line. Under the coup, it can order internet service providers to shut down access directly. Several ISPs were already summoned to discuss their corporation last week.

Since the MICT started the Cyber Security Operation Center (CSOC) in December of 2011, over 20,000 URLs that have been shut down so far.

Editing by Paul Bischoff

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