Google deletes maps targeting Thai dissidents and activists

Customize Google Maps data It should help you record history or set up custom trips, but it is now used as a political sword. Reuters have learned Google deleted two “My Maps” creations, which listed the names, photos and addresses of “hundreds” of Thai activists who allegedly opposed King Wajiralongkorn and the monarchy. Google said that both of these maps violated company policy.

Creators, including the royalist Songklod Chuhenchoopol, stated that these maps were used both as “psychological” warfare (ie intimidation) and to help report political dissent. Chuhenchoopol said that the information was public, but it did not appease human rights activists — they thought it was a Human flesh search A campaign that may lead to violence against the people on the list.

The Thai government has not yet commented on Google’s removal.

When the map has been viewed more than 350,000 times, it may be too late for Google to delete it. However, it is indeed a warning and indicates that custom mapping tool developers must be vigilant. It doesn’t take much to turn this online convenience into a hot list.

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