E-commerce player Shopee has turned into a ban on a shop connected to some dissolved opposition party in Thailand, a spokeswoman said, after online criticism of its perceived pro-government stance.
#BanShopee became the third greatest trending hashtag with over 57,000 applications on Saturday and many Twitter users saying they have deleted the app.
“Double standards @ShopeeTH,” said Twittr user @chanson_2013.
Shopee, a business unit of Tencent-backed Sea Ltd, is the most recent business in Thailand to be targeted at pro-democracy campaigners for appearing to encourage the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
The campaign also comes a week before the crucial online shopping event, 10.10.
“Our platform is neutral, and everything is up to company policy,” that a Shopee Thailand spokeswoman told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters, adding that its policies were applied equally to all vendors.
Companies in Thailand are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate political division. In August, after calls for a boycott, Burger King and others pulled advertising off the Nation television, which activists branded as pro-government.
Shopee says Democstore had broken its provisions several times before the ban for posting “politically sensitive” material.
Democstore is run from the Progressive Movement, a team founded by prohibited historians from upstart opposition Future Forward party, which was dissolved back in February.
“We were selling urban camping equipment for the protesters and we were banned,” Progressive Movement spokeswoman Pannika Wanich told journalists.
Back in September, ten million protesters combined an overnight demonstration calling for amendments to the constitution and reform of the monarchy.
DemocStore said it would continue promoting t-shirts and mugs with the group’s logo on the chat app, Line.
Anti-government memorabilia are quickly becoming hot items online.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng and Panarat Thepgumpanat. Editing by Christina Fincher.
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