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Thai court orders closure of 72 websites after 12-year old’s suicide

Thai court orders closure of 72 websites after 12-year old’s suicide

The Criminal Court has ordered the closure of 72 websites offering access to online gambling and games. The court order follows the death of a 12-year-old boy who jumped from the sixth-floor balcony of his school building on Thursday after he was banned from playing computer games by his father.

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) deputy chief Suchart Wong-anandchai said under a May 19 order issued by the Criminal Court to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry, the agency was told to shut down 72 websites seen as encouraging people to place online bets or hooking them on computer games.

Pol Col Suchart, who also sits on the ICT’s subcommittee on internet safety, said it was the first time that a court order had been issued in the country to close websites offering online gambling opportunities. But many have argued that the present legislation was not good enough to order the closure of any websites for such violations.

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