The BBC launched a Facebook news stream in Thailand on Thursday. The initiative “follows the military coup in May after which international channels, including BBC World News TV, were taken off air temporarily,” the Beeb reports.
The news org says it plans to run the “pop-up” service for three months. Stories will be in Thai and English.
The news stream “is targeting Thailand’s 24 million Facebook users, among a population of 67 million Thais,” Damien McElroy writes for The Telegraph. “There are over 13 million in Bangkok alone, a figure that has quadrupled in just 12 months.”
In June, Poynter wrote about police in Thailand posing as journalists. In May, Poynter wrote about news outlets getting shut down after the military took over. Also in May, Poynter wrote about the military taking BBC, CNN and other networks off the air.