Southeast Asia becomes first to publicly endorse one online social networking platform's decision to permit country-specific censorship of content.

This article titled “Thailand backs Twitter censorship policy” was written by Kate Hodal in Bangkok, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 30th January 2012 10.11 UTC

Thailand has become the first government to publicly endorse Twitter’s controversial decision to censor messages in certain countries.

Twitter announced last week it would permit country-specific censorship of content that could violate local laws, prompting debate worldwide over freedom of speech.

In Thailand, where censorship laws are already heavily enforced, the information and communication technology minister, Jeerawan Boonperm, called Twitter’s decision a “welcome development” and said the ministry already received “good co-operation” from internet companies such as Google and Facebook.

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