The military junta which seized control of Thailand now wants a peek at some Line chats.
Representatives from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology Ministry will travel to Japan next week to ask for permission to inspect Thai citizens’ conversations.
Officials say they want to monitor the service for illegal messages. Police Maj. Gen. Pisit Paoin, a military adviser to the ministry, said they won’t violate citizens’ privacy – just inspect conversation groups that have been reported.
To do so, the organization will simply send a friend request. After the request is accepted, the officials will be able to inspect the suspected group chats for prohibited discussions and information.
In August, Line’s CEO told Thai authorities that his company would never reveal users’ chat records without an order from a Japanese court.
Pisit said Thai officials will not check regular person-to-person Line chats and advised that citizens should not forward or spread any photos or videos which oppose the junta, Kapook reported.