Sunday, February 28, 2021

Clubhouse: New media, dissent that the Thai state may fear – BBC News Thailand


  • Issariya Praithong Yam
  • BBC Thai

Voice chat app Clubhouse recently saw the app’s global download peak from 3.5 million to 8.1 million in just two weeks (1-16 February). According to App Annie, an application data analytics company On Friday, Feb. 19, and the number of applicants in Thailand was part of this growing number.

Apps that are currently only available to people who use mobile phones, iPhones. And must receive “invitations” from people using the app Already, only to be able to enter It became more popular immediately after world-class celebrities such as Elon Musk, owner of leading technology company, and Mark Zuckerberg. Co-founder of Facebook Sign in

In Thailand… In recent weeks, people from various groups of society, from company employees, the press, influencers and politicians. Brought together voluntarily to use the app This is as if afraid to fall “trend” that gives them the opportunity to talk. Exchange or listen to a wide variety of conversations from “Brave the warship” freely

The number of participants in each topic can range from tens to thousands, depending on the heat of the topic and the interests of the audience. If something is popular and exceeds its 7,000 attendance limit, the overwhelming fan host has to open up a new room to accommodate the anxiously waiting to join. To the point of having to use another social media platform Like twitter It helps to expedite the owner of the conversation, especially the “forbidden” subject, to open the room to expand the audience immediately.

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The monarchy is one of the topics of conversation among users of the app. Clubhouse in Thailand

Dr. Pawin Chatchawanpongphan Activists who present information about the Thai royal family And are taking refuge in Japan Grab the same information that he published on the Facebook page. Royal List Market Place Group – Talat Luang Became a topic for discussion about the monarchy Let people ask questions that have never been said freely. It is not surprising that people listened to and questioned “King Bhumibol, Cold War King Wachiralongkorn”, the topic of discussion on Friday, February 19 to 3 thousand people, increasing from the number of listeners about the institute That he talked at the beginning of the week to double that, Dr. Pawin posted this figure on his personal Facebook page to thank his followers.

Politicians use the clubhouse without having to rely on the media.

Earlier this week, Mr. Thanathorn Jungrungruangkit Chairman of the Faculty of Progress Announcement on Twitter That he had signed up for the clubhouse app by late Friday On the same day that Mr. Rangsiman Rome, MP, the party’s roster, Kao Klai, showed “elephant tickets” in a distrustful debate. Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, Prime Minister and Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister The clubhouse’s followers have surged 150,000 and this week has risen to 212,000 after he and Rangsiman. Open a room to talk about the disciplined police The atmosphere of the conversation sounded like a radio program open for politicians to meet the people. But for this event, Mr. Thanathorn is the moderator himself. The clubhouse has completely removed journalism workers from being a mediator.

Naphapat Jakattanon, Managing Editor WorkpointTODAY View the entry of the clubhouse as causing people’s stagnation. “Mass communication” is evident, both from the fact that journalism workers cannot meet their own souls with constraints on organizational structure and capital. Another important issue is news sources that used to rely on the media. Until today, not like that.

“Thanathorn and Rome (Rangsit Rome, MP, party roster) were able to open a clubhouse that had more audiences than the room the reporters opened. Because the politicians themselves have followers In other words, they are already self-influenced influencers, ”Naphaphat Chakpo on his own Facebook page. With the political climate and the conversations that were previously in the Facebook comments area to talk seriously “People who used to only have political thoughts in their heads Really pulled it out and used to communicate by voice ”

Although some online media in Thailand have started using the clubhouse as a channel for offering news programs. But the media that can be seen as a conservation line in Thailand Most of them still use the same social media as Facebook and satellite TV to reach audiences.

DES warns not to cross the line.

Technically, the app The clubhouse has some measure of privacy. Because there was no option for people to record the conversation But in other countries, there are cases where people secretly record celebrity conversations. And uploaded to YouTube later This kind of action has not yet been revealed in Thailand. This could even be used as a condemnation if the stories discussed were considered offenses, as the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) said.

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Dr. Pawin Chatchawanphongphan

DES announced that it has started tracking the app and warned its users not to Violation of personal rights And damage Which will be considered an offense under the Act (Act) on Computer Crimes B.E.2520 and other laws by the police and related persons ready to take steps. Of the law, as it has already examined the use of social media on other platforms.

But the threatening warning appears to be ineffective at the liberty of asking questions in many precarious chat rooms. In some rooms, the panelists allude to those who believe they may be the news operatives or the official IOs that are challenging to lurk among the listeners. But at the same time reminded the interlocutor to keep in mind that “Great Wall”

People in China have the opportunity to use the app. In a short time, we talked about “taboo” things like the Uighurs in Xinjiang. Crackdown on Hong Kong protesters Or relations between Taiwan and China The Chinese authorities are now banning the app, and this is a concern for app users. Clubhouse in Thailand

I believe Thailand does not ban clubhouse like China.

But Dr. Pawin, who has more than 241,000 followers in the clubhouse, told the audience in his chat room he didn’t believe it would be easy. Because believe that Thailand is not like China “We keep living our life. Have fun in the clubhouse But those who are worried must remind themselves to be careful about what we say, not crossing the line. And become a problem Think that u are okay ”

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In addition to the council discussions, Rangsiman continued to bring content to discuss in the clubhouse.

Dr. Pawin told the BBC Thai that in the discussion group he created, there were many listeners who were opposing parties and the IOs, who were invited to share their views in a civilized way. Tell them what you agree and disagree with. He chose not to answer us at this point. But we are always ready for a conversation where both sides are open and honest. ”

One point that many clubhouse politicians have analyzed in a similar way is that if the Thai authorities are going to take a hand to deal with the app, it probably is for the reason that Discussions about politics or even the institute It provides opportunities for people with disagreements to have a space to exchange information and talk openly.

Not long ago The US National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) recently published a research suggesting that People will be more respectful of the political views of their opponents. If it is an argument with a story from direct experience

Dr. Kurt Gray, psychologist and director of the Center for Science for Moral Understanding. The University of North Carolina in the United States said, “In the political debate about right and wrong, there is nothing wrong with it.” Hands-on experience, especially experience of oppression It sounds more authentic and reliable to the opponent than to cite the facts. ”

The fact that people with different opinions bring their own stories And open the way for mutual understanding Will it be a benefit of the clubhouse that may cause the Thai authorities to be afraid to the extent of the ban? It is a matter that still has to wait and see.

But while the app This is becoming more and more popular, it is becoming more of a concern as well. It has been criticized for lack of control measures for the December dialogue, writer and critic Craig Jenkins. Write an article on the Vulture website that if people who create groups and control conversations are not careful. Talking can become an attack on each other.

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Naphaphat Jakattanon pointed out that the clubhouse clearly reflects the “ballast” image of mass communication.

While Naphaphat Chak Executive Editor WorkpointTODAY It gave information that it had begun to notice groups that were seen to be conservative in the clubhouse, such as the benefit group of the royal court. Or to send positive energy to each other But even so, he doesn’t think the clubhouse is a quarreling area, rather a political exchange. But he agrees that dialogue is the key to directing opinions.

For the masses, clubhouse chat rooms are not just political chatrooms.Many app users have posted on Twitter that these chat rooms are a huge source of knowledge. If you choose to listen to or participate in a topic that interests you Some say they feel embarrassed that they are merely taking the information without their knowledge.



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