The background is that on May 28 that Facebook was unavailable in Thailand for around one hour. This was claimed to be because of technical issues and not that it was specifically blocked, but then mysteriously Facebook was then available again for all. Most people fell into line and modified previous statements to follow the official story that the problem was because of technical issues.
However, Telenor, which owns DTAC (the 2nd largest mobile telephone operator in Thailand), revealed that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) ordered the block, but an NBTC commissioner criticized Telenor stating that the statement was not appropriate and lacked manners/etiquette in the current situation and then threatened DTAC stating the NBTC may not allow DTAC to participate in 4G auction and they may be subject to further punishment.
Telenor Group has issued an apology to the junta and Thai telecom regulator for saying its dtac mobile phone operator was ordered to block Facebook usage on May 28.
“Earlier this week, Telenor Group released information to both international and Thai media in relation to an incident that occurred on the 28th May. These actions damaged the public image of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which regulate the telecommunication industry and oversee the security of the nation as a whole, respectively. The executives of Telenor Group and Total Access Communication (dtac) regret what happened,” the statement said.
The statement said executives of Telenor and dtac realised that “Thailand is currently under the administration of the NCPO. Thailand requires unity among its people and its many foreign friends who are operating in the country”
The Bangkok Post:
“Both Telenor Group and DTAC fully recognize the need for this unity as well as heightened sensitivity, and we are deeply sorry for the effects.
“The executives of Telenor Group and DTAC would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the NBTC and NCPO,” the statement said. “ We will continue to strengthen our dialogue with the people of Thailand for the betterment of the country. We understand that, moving forward, we all must contribute to securing a better environment.”
BP: At no point, does the statement say the NBTC did not order they blocking of Facebook. It simply apologies for embarrassing the NBTC….