Bangkok Post: Virtual dose of history and culture

Bangkok Post: Virtual dose of history and culture. “Recently, the Fine Arts Department launched a new website … which allows visitors to explore 12 historical parks throughout the country such as Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Ayutthaya Historical Park, Sukhothai Historical Park and Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park. Using advanced multimedia technology, it is designed to resemble an audio guide in Thai and English, including animated cartoons for kids, video clips, photographs, e-books and diagrams so that people of all ages can easily learn about Thailand’s rich history and cultural heritage.”

Chiang Rai Times: Thai Government Seeks to Link Peoples ID to Social Media Accounts

Chiang Rai Times: Thai Government Seeks to Link Peoples ID to Social Media Accounts. “China is widely infamous for its public surveillance tactics and now Thailand’s government wants to take a page out of their playbook. Thai Security agencies and Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry are now seeking ways to supervise peoples usage of social media. The Thai government is now considering linking users’ registration on social media platforms with their ID cards, alleging its as a way to combat fake news, illicit content and fraud.”

AFP Fact Check: Social media posts mislead on New Zealand’s Covid-19 vaccination drive

AFP Fact Check: Social media posts mislead on New Zealand’s Covid-19 vaccination drive. “Multiple Facebook posts shared thousands of times in Thailand in February 2021 claim New Zealand has ‘returned to normal’ as ‘the majority of people have been vaccinated [for Covid-19]’. The posts shared screenshots of a video featuring New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern alongside a claim it shows her ‘encouraging people to do outdoor activities to prove that New Zealand has finally returned to normal’. ”

Chiang Rai Times: Posting a Protest Selfie on Facebook in Thailand Could Land You in Jail

Chiang Rai Times: Posting a Protest Selfie on Facebook in Thailand Could Land You in Jail. “Social media in Thailand is playing an important role in anti-government protests, now the government warns over selfies at rallies. The Thai Government has announced plans to take legal action against those using social media accounts to publicize the anti-government protests, which includes posting selfies on Facebook from rallies.”

Twitter Blog: Disclosing networks to our state-linked information operations archive

Twitter Blog: Disclosing networks to our state-linked information operations archive. “Today we are disclosing five distinct networks of accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations. The accounts that we have published in our archive today – the only archive of its kind in the industry – include independent information operations that we have attributed to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Thailand and Russia.”

New York Times: American Could Face Prison in Thailand After Posting Negative Reviews of a Resort

New York Times: American Could Face Prison in Thailand After Posting Negative Reviews of a Resort. “An American man who lives in Thailand was unhappy that a resort hotel wanted to charge him a $15 corkage fee for bringing his own bottle of gin to the restaurant. He argued with a manager and then later did what has become second nature for disgruntled tourists: He posted negative reviews of the resort online.” Apparently the resort is willing to settle with the guest, but I don’t know if it happened. No recent news on a quick search.

Straits Times: Thai minister says clampdown on social media content won’t stop as Facebook plans to fight order

Straits Times: Thai minister says clampdown on social media content won’t stop as Facebook plans to fight order. “Thailand’s digital minister vowed not to relent on Wednesday (Aug 26) in a crackdown on social media content deemed illegal. It was also unlikely that Facebook would follow through on plans to challenge an order to block access to a group critical of the Thai monarchy, the minister said. The ‘Royalist Marketplace’ group, which had more than one million members, was blocked within Thailand late on Monday after the Digital Ministry threatened legal action against Facebook under the country’s Computer Crime Act.”

Slator: Thai Mistranslation Shows Risk of Auto-Translating Social Media Content

Slator: Thai Mistranslation Shows Risk of Auto-Translating Social Media Content. “After a machine translation of a post from English into Thai about the King’s birthday proved offensive to the Thai monarchy, Facebook Thailand said it was deactivating auto-translate on Facebook and Instagram, revamping machine translation (MT) quality, and offering the Thai people its ‘profound apology.’”