Over 400 posts deemed offending the Monarchy have been blocked by the Army in the past year

The Army's cyber monitors have found 820 posts deemed insulting the Monarchy during the past year and have successfully blocked 435 of them, said Maj-Gen Rith Intharavuth, director of the Army Cyber Centre, on Thursday.

Speaking to the media after a ceremony to mark the 16th anniversary of the establishment of the Army Cyber Centre, he said the army had attached importance to the dissemination of disinformation, fake or distorted news and news or reports which are deemed insulting to the monarchy in the social media.

For that matter, he said the centre had closely monitored the social media and found 820 posts deemed violating the lese majeste law. Of these, 365 posts were in Facebook pages, 450 in YouTube and five in Twitter.

Maj-Gen Rith said the centre had coordinated with the Digital Economy and Society Ministry, the Technology Crime Suppresson Division and the Department of Special Investigation to block 435 posts with 111 posts still pending legal actions.

However, he noted that 274 new posts, including 120 posts in April, were discovered and most of them originated from abroad.

He expressed optimism that posts which are deemed insulting the Monarchy would decrease, thanks to the cooperation from agencies concerned to deal with the problem.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)