Thailand’s ruling junta, backed by a military-monarchy network, faces rising opposition and is now focusing on restricting social media over physical crackdowns.

To limit damage to the Thai monarchy from negative stories and discussion of issues covered under lèse-majesté laws, the state is using military-backed agencies and other government offices to monitor and criminalize online activities, said Pavin Chachavalpongpun to the German media, DW. It reflects the rise of a new kind of information-based autocracy.

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