Thai soldiers patrol around the Army Club in Bangkok May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
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Thai Facebook users were alarmed on Wednesday when the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry blocked access to the site at the request of the military, but the junta blamed the brief shutdown on a technical problem.Small protests have taken place daily against the regime, organised mainly on social media, testing the military as it seeks to assert its influence over the media and curtail dissent.The military has also warned people not to spread what it considers provocative material on social media.As Facebook went back online, a military official quickly appeared on television channels to reassure the public that the site had not been blocked and normal service would resume.
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