Kate Hodal in Bangkok
January 30, 2012
Twitter announced last week it would permit country-specific censorship of content that could violate local laws, prompting debate worldwide over freedom of speech.
In Thailand, where censorship laws are already heavily enforced, the information and communication technology minister, Jeerawan Boonperm, called Twitter’s decision a “welcome development” and said the ministry already received “good co-operation” from internet companies such as Google and Facebook.
The Thai government would soon be contacting Twitter to “discuss ways in which they can collaborate”, she told the Bangkok Post.
In China, the state-run Global Times also endorsed the new rules in an article on Monday: “It is impossible to have boundless freedom, even on the internet and even in countries that make freedom their main selling point,” it said.