South-east Asian governments turn up the heat on social media giants to control content

The tussle over who gets the last word on social media is becoming contentious as people increasingly consume news via these platforms.
The tussle over who gets the last word on social media is becoming contentious as people increasingly consume news via these platforms.PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK - High school senior Pimyada Panyapuwased uses Facebook and Instagram to talk to her peers, Twitter to express her thoughts, and the Line messaging app to communicate with her parents.

Social media, says the 17-year-old girl, is her soapbox because mainstream media content is dominated by the state or older folk. So she was dismayed when the Thai government recently lodged police reports against Twitter and Facebook after the companies failed to restrict online content it deemed illegal.

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