BANGKOK — A former politician that the party was the obvious target of a disguised online propaganda effort by the Thai army earlier this year said Friday her and her colleagues aim legal action in reaction.
Annika Wanich, the former spokeswoman for the now-dissolved Future Forward Party, stated they’d been collecting information regarding the military’s data operations — or”IO” — after Twitter declared Thursday that it had identified and eliminated 926 accounts which had unacknowledged or hidden hyperlinks to the Thai army.
She didn’t say what charges against the military it would search.
Thai media have theorized about the overall nature of the military’s IO actions, but Pannika stated Twitter’s action demonstrated the allegations were actual since the social networking business is a neutral party not connected with Thai politics.
An investigation by the Stanford Internet Observatory reported the Thai military’s domestic data performance on Twitter” was used chiefly to market pro-government and pro-military ranks and reports on Twitter and also to attack political resistance, especially the Future Forward Party and Move Party.” The California-based organization states that it studies”misuse in current information technology, with a concentration on social networking.”
The judgment was contentious since the opposition party seemed to be targeted at the authorities for its popularity and anti-military positions.
The party’s leaders had been expelled from Parliament and banned from political office for a decade, while its staying lawmakers largely regrouped since the new Proceed Forward Party.
A military spokesman, Lt. Gen. Santipong Thampiya, told reporters Friday that the military used Twitter for communication with the people and insisted it has no policy to utilize false accounts for almost any information operations. He said the military would contact Twitter.
The Stanford study stated that the defendant accounts” tended to rely on some essential strategies, like reacting en masse with encouraging messages to tweets from Army PR reports and dogpiling on tweets out of opposition-aligned accounts”
It added that normally little attempt was made to provide the accounts additional authenticity, together with many missing biographical blurbs and utilizing stolen profile images.
“It was a coordinated however low-impact operation the majority of reports had no followers and also the vast majority of tweets received no involvement,” it concluded.