December 31, 2008
Thai PM Spams Citizens with SMS
According to Tom's Hardware, Newly elected Thai Prime Minister decided to spam the entire nation of Thailand right before the holidays.
Abhisit Vejjajiva was elected the Prime Minster of Thailand on December 15,2008 and was formally emass SMS messagesndorsed by the Thai King on December 17,2008. As one of his first official acts as the political leader of the country was to send to a large portion of the nationís mobile phone users.
He had assigned the deputy leader of the Democratic Party to enlist the help of three cellular network providers in sending out a message to all their subscribers. The message was a plea for help from the Prime Minister for assistance in solving the country's political crisis.
There was no cost associated with the reception of this message but it did urge those interested to respond with their postal codes at a cost of three baht ($0.10 USD). The massive spam message has already caused critisism from organizations such as the Foundation for Consumers, a similar body to the FCC.
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