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    Norwegian telecom blamed for revealing Facebook censorship

    Thailand's internet-regulatory agency is threatening to punish the Norwegian telecommunications giant for exposing that the junta was behind a censorship Facebook shut down in May.

    "It's inappropriate and disrespectful," the deputy chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission, Col. Setthapong Malisuwan, told Naew Na news today.

    The colonel was referring to news reports revealing that Telenor, based in Norway, which owns the Thai operator DTAC, was ordered by the NBTC to censor Facebook as part of the junta’s ongoing effort to silence dissidents on the internet. The colonel refused to clarify about the junta's present arrangements with telecommunication companies on any surveillance plans.

    Mr. Tor Odland, chief of communications at Telenor, reportedly told a Norwegian news agency that his company received instructions from the NBTC on May 28 to block access to the popular social media in Thailand for an hour, affecting over 10 million users of the site.

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