Thailand gov’t blocks Facebook

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Thailand’s information technology ministry blocked Facebook on May 28 and planned to hold talks with other social networking sites to stem protests against the military government, Reuters reported on May 29. “We have blocked Facebook temporarily and tomorrow we will call a meeting with other social media, like Twitter and Instagram, to ask for cooperation from them,” Surachai Srisaracam, permanent secretary of the Information and Communications Technology Ministry, told Reuters. As social media users reacted with alarm, the army interrupted national television to deny it had blocked Facebook. Some users were unconvinced with the junta’s denial, speculating that it could have been a trial run for a possible blackout in the future, or a warning shot to social media users not to criticize the coup.

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