Thai government warns citizens against ‘improper use’ of Clubhouse

Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society on Wednesday warned Thai users against breaking the country’s laws when using the social media application Clubhouse.

The platform has grown rapidly in Thailand over the past week, with activists, oppositions, and citizens alike using the app to voice their dissent and discuss topics mostly banned and taboo in the country. (Read more here)

“Political groups and others have used the application to express opinion and give distorted information, create damage, and potentially violate laws,” Puttipong Punnakanta, the Minister of the MDES, said in a statement. 

Thai authorities are also now monitoring the use of Clubhouse in Thailand, the minister added, before warning that legal action could be taken against those who violate the country’s criminal code and laws, particularly discussions involving the country’s monarchy.

“Authorities are ready to proceed according to the law, the same as with other social media platforms.” said Puttipong.

On Tuesday night, over 6,000 Thai users tuned into a Clubhouse room hosted by political exile Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a prominent Japan-based critic of the Thai conservatism.

In another room, former leaders of the now-disbanded Future Forward Party Piyabutr Sengkanokkul and Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit hosted a room to talk about Tuesday’s censure debate.

Both Pavin and Thanathorn have been previously charged with the country’s archaic lese-majeste laws, a crime punishable by up to 15 years of imprisonment in Thailand.

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