Thailand’s ICT Ministry Is The First To Welcome Twitter Censorship

Posted on Jan 30 2012 - 6:19am by Editorial Staff

Twitter last week announced its new way of censoring the tweets on the country-by-country basis – the ability which reactively withhold content from users in a specific country despite keeping it available to the rest of the world.

The Thailand’s Information and Communication Technology Ministry will work with the micro-blogging site to ensure that tweets in the country will compliance with local law. The ICT Ministry will contact Twitter shortly to seek out the ways in which they could collaborate with the site.

ICT permanent secretary Jeerawan Boonperm said Twitter’s move to censor or block content regarded as offensive in particular countries was a “welcome development”. Mrs Jeerawan added the ICT already receives “good cooperation” from companies such as Google and Facebook in ensuring that Thai laws are respected.

Paiboon Amonpinyokeat, a computer law expert, agreed that while censorship of tweets might help ease legal disputes, it may come at the expense of online freedom of speech.

Followed by the twitter announcement last week – the company sees a storm of protest against it from across the world – as on one side it is taking such a controversial move – but on the other end the move is on the sake of people freedom of expressions.

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