NBTC tells internet providers to block posts stirring conflict


BANGKOK, 22 May 2014 –The Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC) has issued an 8th announcement requesting cooperation from social media in spreading news of all events straightforwardly and without bias. On Wednesday the National Broadcasting Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) invited internet providers to meet and urged them to verify, and where necessary block, any contents likely to cause conflict and disorder in the Kingdom. 

In a resolution from the meeting, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is assigned to cooperate with internet providers to check any content that may affect peace and order. If there is any obstacle to supervision, it may inform the NBTC to resolve the problem.

NBTC’s secretary-general Thakorn Tantasit revealed that the NBTC has established a working committee to operate the content verification program.

The NBTC affirms that such action is simply to check any sensitive contents affecting peace and order, and it’s aim is not to suppress people’s rights and freedom to disseminate and communicate information, he added.

Meanwhile, the meeting was joined by representatives from the POMC, Col. Suwat Yotprakorb and Lt.Col. Supradit Plengchawee.