Google and Facebook reportedly shun meeting with Thai military junta after coup

Web firms like to say they cooperate with the authorities in the countries where they operate, but what are they to do when there’s just been a coup? In the case of Facebook and Google, asked by the new military junta in Thailand to come discuss cracking down on anti-coup online dissent, the answer seems to be “play dead.” According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, the social media companies simply didn’t show up to the meeting. If the junta was keen on following Turkey’s censorship example, incidentally, it should probably note that a Turkish court has just overturned a recent blanket YouTube ban.

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