“If you register We Chat to a mainland China account, there will be filtering.In Thailand, the Thai government requested in 2013 for access to LINE users' data, citing national security.The thing is those people can go back in time through the history of this group to read the earlier conversation.” Instead of turning a private group public, Arthit recommends creating a new public group and deleting the old private group. Because some people we know got arrested because of this.
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Internet freedom advocates identified the risks chat apps pose to young Asians, who are turning to these platforms not just to communicate with friends and family, but also to express their views on socio-political issues, and to organize for causes.
This is why governments feels there are some threats,” he said.
The problem is many users are not aware that to be on LINE means to be online.
Sometimes people try to act as your friend but they are not,” he said. “Keep in mind that all the conversations, even if it says this is a secret chat or private chat, it's not really that secret because in every phone, there's a function to do a screen capture,” he said. “But when you have 10 people or more than that, and there are some people you don't really know, and those people start adding more people you never heard of before, that's going to be a problem.
Arthit said it is best to add a person face to face to ensure you are adding the correct user. You have more and more people you probably don't trust.
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To go around LINE's resistance, Arthit said the police would create accounts to try to befriend protesters and activists on LINE. Now, they changed it to 2 to 3 days because it takes 2 to 3 days to get warrants for investigations,” she said.