Social-media users urged not to stoke Thai tensions

Social-media users urged not to stoke Thai tensions

THAILAND - When the two opposing groups in the political unrest appeared to be heading for more violent clashes last night, some social-media users urged everyone to be calm and not to use or express violence.

Poppet Thanat posted a photo of a painting of the Thai flag with the message "God bless us, bring peace in Thailand", followed by the hash tag #prayforthailand.

Some people used their status notifications to call for social media players to keep calm and not stoke the tensions by posting, sharing or commenting on messages with unidentified sources, or which are unconfirmed or filled with hate.

The famous writer Roundfinger posted a message saying "Reduce hate feelings and reduce tensions, start with your status" at www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=723347264360853...

Many people updated their statuses to ask for Thais to be calm, not to use violence or attack each other, to call for peace, and to call for social media users, especially on Facebook and Twitter, to be calm and not to spread messages virally that will amplify hate and tensions.

They also called for people to be careful in viewing information over social media because a lot of messages are flying around online, both truths and rumours.

Software developer Hua Lampong, a founder of Molome, a photo-sharing platform with more than a million users worldwide engaging in social-sharing activities, yesterday launched a theme called "Molome meme for Thailand".

The application allows users to create their own photos with the caption "Pray for Thailand".

Sittiphol Phanvalai, developer of the famous photo-sharing app, said that during these times of tension in Thailand, he would like to help people create and send their good wishes to others with the aim to help people calm down and not inflict violence on others. Pray for Thailand is an in-app application. People need to download Molome first and then Pray for Thailand, in the same way one would download Line stickers.

Pray for Thailand was just launched and will be available for download for both iOS and Android smartphones.

Molome comes with about 40 sets of photo-sharing themes. Users can customise filters, stickers, frames and text.

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