Despite the protests of over 300,000 people, Thailand’s lawmakers have unanimously passed the controversial Computer Crimes Bill to provide the state with heightened online surveillance and censorship powers. The law will give the state more power to suppress online content deemed defamatory to the monarchy or a threat to national security. It also obliges internet service providers to actively monitor content distributed on their platforms. The drafting committee claimed the law was needed because more and more offences are being committed online. The bill’s passage came in spite of more than 300,000 Thais signing a petition denouncing the amendment.
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