Royalist and palace trolls II

3 12 2020

Pavin Chachavalpongpun has an interesting piece at Asia Sentinel, showing how very deeply involved the palace has become in Royal Thai Army and state “Information Operations” or IO. There was already a whiff of this in recent days. Pavin’s use of documents leaked from inside the palace confirm it.

In referring an “IO under the royal patronage,” Pavin has a leaked Line chat from Maj Gen Jakchai Srikacha, the palace’s information chief, to various teams working to limit anti-monarchy social media and media reports while promoting fake news and pro-monarchy “information” on social media.

Maj Gen Jakchai “has issued instructions to start a new operation to undermine critics of the monarchy.” The particular stimulus appears to be the dripping of compromising photos of royal consort Sineenart Wongvajirapakdi that may be from phones she has owned.

The details of the orders are worth quoting in full, based on Pavin’s translation:

“Urgent, I instruct Team 3.2A to report to Facebook the account of Pavin Chachavalpongpun and that of the Royalists Marketplace Facebook group, especially reporting the publication of the leaked photos of the Royal Noble Consort [Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi] and reporting any references to all members of the royal family. This is an urgent task.

“Please do not use just one account to report them. Use several accounts to avoid being banned by Facebook. I instruct Team 3.2B to support the work of Team 3.2A by refuting the originality of those photos of the Royal Noble Consort.

Please say that they are all fake/photoshopped, done by those who wanted to overthrow the monarchy….

“Then Team 3.2C must attack the Facebook account of Pavin, attacking him for wanting to overthrow the monarchy, running away from charges (by questioning that if he thinks he is innocent, then why did he run away?), being a dangerous person, and being a homosexual.

“I stress here that you must try to infiltrate and express your opinion in several ways. Do not write the same things over and over. Follow my instructions closely. You already took a course on how to write this kind of messages. So do not repeat your messages on social media. I ask all teams to build up your own credible account. Tell your story too, and not just posting attacking messages so as to raise the credibility of your profile.

“I order all of you to do this. And for Team S3, please keep the records of any public Twitter accounts with more than 10,000 followers that tweet more than 5 times a day in support of the protests. We will deal with them.”

Pavin concludes:

The leaked Line chat fits this analysis of the non-compromise strategy. In cyberspace, the palace and its proxies are taking an aggressive approach. But this approach will eventually be counterproductive, since social media users today, mostly in their youths, have access to alternative information about the monarchy and refuse to be “brainwashed” by the state, like their predecessors.

For more on Sineenart and the leaked photos, see this South China Morning Post story. While PPT is not yet convinced there’s an “ugly power struggle” going on in the palace, this is a pretty good rundown of the king’s (self-inflicted) Sineenart problem.


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