The BBC’s in trouble for a story it ran on the new king of Thailand

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The BBC is in trouble in Bangkok, after the broadcaster ran a profile piece on the new king, that authorities found objectionable.

The profile piece was published on Friday last week, a day after King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended to the throne following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October.

On Tuesday, 10 police officers reportedly visited the BBC Bangkok office, but found it was closed.

The offending Thai-language article has been blocked in the country, and apparently carried some details that opened the new king to criticism. Read more…

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Facebook is developing AI to bust ‘offensive’ Live video: report

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Facebook has long been vigilant about keeping your News Feed free of “inappropriate” content. That’s relatively simple when you’re talking about material that can be reviewed in full after it’s posted — but what happens if something goes wrong during a livestream? 

A new initiative is reportedly in the works to build up the social network’s flagging system for offensive content in a particularly difficult area: Facebook Live. 

Facebook has previously relied in part on a system that depended on users to report offensive materials, which are then checked by Facebook employees against “community standards.”  Read more…

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Political satirist arrested again for criticising the Malaysian government

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A popular Malaysian cartoonist has once again been arrested for sedition, prompted by his political drawings that satirise prime minister Najib Razak.

Cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as “Zunar”, was arrested on Saturday in Penang, where he was speaking at the George Town Literary Festival. 

Event organisers and human rights groups have condemned the arrest.

Police said he will be investigated under the country’s Sedition Act, and also under a law that prohibits humiliating a person with intention, local papers reported. Read more…

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