Monday, 25 April 2011

"Sorry boss, I didn't know banning Facebook makes Thailand lose face.."

Seen today at 14:30: A complete Facebook ban.
A somewhat drastic measure against Thailand's 2nd most popular website.
Understandbly during the Cambodian temple conflict Thai authorithies are a bit edgy right now.
15 minutes later when I was about to pack my bags and book a ticket to a freer country, the ban had been lifted. Now probably just a few pages in particular have been selected inappropriate for the Thai ego instead of all 900 million.

Although in the past other countries have banned the social networking service, at the moment it is permanently being blocked in China and Vietnam only. The latter one not to be taken that serious, since in Vietnam Facebook still manages to rank no.7.
In Thailand all information regarding bans is kept classified, but according to one source in 2007 an estimated 45,000 sites were being intercepted for violating the law and threatening so-called national security issues.
"He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know" (Lao Tzu).

"We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology ordered to stop publishing the web site that you want to visit because the images and text contain inappropriate content. For more information contact
the Ministry of Information and Communication Tel: 0 2141 6950 ".

See also Bangkok Post: National security v. democracy.

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