Thailand Government Blocks Facebook Access

Thailand Government Blocks Facebook Access

On May 28 Thailand’s government blocked Facebook access for one hour in an effort to diffuse protests against a “coup carried out last week.”

“A military junta was installed” on May 22, giving the Royal Thai Army control of the country. 

According to Infobae, Surachai Srisaracam, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, said the Facebook blockage was intentional: 

We have blocked Facebook temporarily. A campaign exists to ask people to organize protests against the army. Therefore [we needed] to ask cooperation [from] social media to help us stop the spread of critical hit messages.

Infobae quoted Al Jazeera as reporting that 219 websites have been blocked since May 26.

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