TCSD says it did not block Facebook


BANGKOK, 29 May 2014  – The Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) has denied a news report that it had blocked the social network “Facebook” after the site was inaccessible.

On Wednesday, speculations of Thai authorities blocking Facebook was raised after the site became inaccessible to most users in Thailand. Facebook couldn’t be loaded in most users’ Web browsers or on mobile devices yesterday (Wednesday).

Army deputy spokesman Col Winthai Suwaree confirmed that the army did not order the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to shut Facebook down while blaming the inability of most users to access Facebook on a technical problem.

Meanwhile, Pol Maj Gen Pisit Paoin, commander of the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD), denied that it blocked Facebook intentionally and that it would invite representatives of all social-media networks, including Facebook, to discuss the matter.

The Thai Army, having seized power since last Thursday, warned critics about expressing dissent on social networks and said it would target individuals’ social-media accounts if they provoked chaos or instability, but wouldn’t target the entire network.