Court hits prohibited websites
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Court hits prohibited websites

A court has ordered the blocking of 71 URLs related to illegal gambling over the past week, according to the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES).

DES Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said that between Nov 8-14 the court authorised the blocking of 80 URLs found to have violated the computer crime law. Of the total, 71 URLs offered gambling services and the rest involved national security.

According to Mr Chaiwut, the DES ministry has asked the court to block a further 418 URLs for publishing illegal content.

In an update on the ministry's crackdown on false news during the past week, he said some 132 items of suspected fake news have been submitted for examination.

Of these, 81 involved government policies, 42 were related to health issues, seven economic affairs and two others were about natural disasters.

Of the total, 13 items were ruled as fake news, six were found to be distorted information and 57 others were determined to be genuine. The rest are still being examined.

Among those deemed as fake news were articles about a Bank of Thailand investment scheme, health hazards related to Covid-19 vaccines and the collection of VAT from PayPal users.

Mr Chaiwut said the ministry has asked eight agencies affected by the spread of fake news to file complaints so that legal action can be initiated.

He added that legal action was also being pursued against a group of people associated with nine URLs with illegal content. Of the total, six URLs were based on Facebook while the remaining three were on Twitter.

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