Most people talk about Google April Fool. However, I just found another one (and yeah I was fooled!). Interestingly, this piece has been picked up on Global Voices Online as a serious news quoting Stuart G Towns. I don’t know the intention of the contributor of GVO. If he did not see the last word and blog as it is a real news, that would be more interesting case of how blogger cite other sources.
In ThaiVisa.com forum, someone named george posted a news called “New Luxury tax on internet usage in Thailand” describing Thai government has introduced an Internet tax for foreigners who do not hold a working permit and are retirees. Also the tax require all Internet users in Thailand to install a hardware dongle from CAT which is freely available at 7-11.
The most funniest quote for me is that…
Sombat Merou-Ruang, director of the Alien Internet Control Division at CAT headquarters in Bangkok says “foreigners that do not have work in Thailand only hang out on internet forums, visit pornographic sites and other website lamock, different from Thai citizens who mostly use the internet for banking, ecommerce, and furthering their education”.
Apparently, the news was spread out via email. In that context outside community forum, I think it could looked more real for people who got the mail, as the ICT ministry becomes more suspicious about the “unreasonable” acts about Internet in Thailand.
I hope this fool will not turn out to be real… who knows?