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Google takes down maps targeting hundreds of Thais
accused of opposing king
Google took down two Google Maps documents on Monday that had listed the names and addresses of
hundreds of Thai activists who were accused by royalists of opposing the monarchy
By Fanny Potkin and Panu Wongcha-um
SINGAPORE/BANGKOK (Reuters) - Google took down two Google Maps documents on Monday that had listed
the names and addresses of hundreds of Thai activists who were accused by royalists of opposing the monarchy,
the technology company said.
Thai royalist activist Songklod "Pukem" Chuenchoopol told Reuters he and a team of 80 volunteers had created
the maps and planned to report everyone named on them to police on accusations of insulting the monarchy.
A spokesperson for Alphabet's Google said by email "the issue is now fixed", and noted: "We have clear policies
about what's acceptable for user-generated My Maps content. We remove user-generated maps that violate our
A version of one of the maps seen by Reuters included the names and addresses of nearly 500 people, many of
the students, together with their photos in university or high school uniforms. It had received over 350,000 views.
The faces of those named had been covered by black squares with the number 112, in reference to the article
under the country's criminal code which makes insulting or defaming the monarchy punishable by up to 15 years in
Neither map could be accessed when Reuters tried to open them late on Monday.
Songklod said that he and the team of volunteers sought to highlight those they accused of breaking that law.