Thailand: YouTube Ban Lifted

Thailand has decided to lift the ban on YouTube after Google agreed to “filter” videos that insult the King.

Information and Communications Technology Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom this week instructed the website ban be lifted after YouTube owner Google installed filters to stop Thais from accessing clips insulting the 79-year-old monarch, a ministry official said.

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) criticized the collaboration between Google and the government to censor YouTube:

“Any such collusion could potentially be open for abuse, and thereby only exacerbate concerns over free speech over the internet,” SEAPA said.

“The cooperation between Google/YouTube and the Thai government could conceivably become a template sought by other governments that have had run-ins with sensitive content on the video-sharing site,” it said.

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