back online in Thailand after 6-month blackout

Thailand once again has a place to register its positions on issues with a few clicks with the return of

The site, a ubiquitous fixture of online social movements – and media coverage – declared this morning it had secured its return through a victory in the courts, six months after it was banned following a petition critical of King Vajiralongkorn.

“Throughout these months we had worked hard, fighting through the legal process for our mission to have the website’s access back. And eventually, a court ordered a lift of the ban on to protect freedom of expression, which all Thai people have the right to under the Thai constitution!” the site announced on social media, tagging it #ChangeisBack and #YouCan’tKillUs.

However, it’s worth noting that campaigns related to the Thai monarchy could no longer be found.

In mid-October, the popular petition website, run by a San Francisco for-profit organization, was blocked by Thailand’s three major service providers – AIS, DTAC and True, and traffic redirected to a blackout notice traced to TOT, the state-owned telecommunications company.

The blackout occurred at the height of pro-democracy protests, as thousands gathered to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, a new constitution and reform of the monarchy. 

It was blocked soon after a campaign drew more than 130,000 signatures calling for the king to be declared persona non grata in Germany, a country where he spent most of his time until late last year. That petition no longer appears on the site.


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