Big Brother-like control on social media users in Thailand

On Monday a proposal was accepted by the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) that will see social media users needing to register their identity.

Along with the new registration of users they also plan to establish a “watch centre” to observer internet citizen’s activities at all times.

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The proposal was put to a vote and passed 141-1.

The NRSA plans to implement the measures by 2019 with other social media measures to come into effect in time as part of the junta’s 20-year national strategy.

The committee proposed controlling people’s online access via registration of mobile phone numbers which would require not only a person’s 13-digit citizens ID number but they would also have to submit to having their fingerprints taken and to the use of facial recognition software.

The proposal also included setting up a central social media watch centre to stop the miss use of social media.

There is already a Cyber Security Coordination Centre in operation; however the report stated its 300 officers were lacking the technology to work as effectively as possible.

Once the report is approved by the NRSA it will go to the Cabinet who will review the proposal further.

In a time where social media is playing a bigger part in everyday life do you think monitoring is a good idea or perhaps a step in the direction towards a lack of free speech?

Source : Thaivisa

Content : LovePattayaThailand

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