No help from LINE

PPT should have posted this a couple of days ago. We fell behind.

Readers will recall that just over a week ago we posted about the social media firm LINE being “called in” by Minister for Digital Economy and Society, Air Chief Marshal Prajin Junthong. Prajin declared that “Line headquarters in Japan will set up a steering committee to investigate reports of lèse-majesté.”

Go to jailThis came after a similar announcement from the military junta’s Prajin that Google and YouTube were on board for cooperation with the dictatorship in hunting down allegedly lese majeste content.

It remains unclear that Google and YouTube are cooperating in the manner that Prajin said they were. Google sort of mumbled something about “normal” processes, but they firm did not state explicitly that it rejected the junta’s demands. (If they have since said something emphatic, let us know.)

A report about LINE, however, indicates considerably more public backbone.

The report states, “LINE has refused the Thai government’s request that it monitor people’s chats and report content deemed to violate the lese-majeste law, a company representative said yesterday.”

The representative stated: “We do not monitor or block user content. User content is also encrypted, and cannot be viewed by LINE…”.

The Thai government, LINE said, “needed to proceed according to international laws.”

The 33 million people who use LINE in Thailand an take some heart from this.

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