Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, yesterday insisted that his tweet about the NBTC awarding its standard certification to the new iPhone 6 was in line with the regulator's responsibility to keep the public informed as part of its consumer-protection role.
His remark followed questions on some online sites that his tweet might affect the iPhone marketing strategy in Thailand.
Apple representatives met with Takorn yesterday to make it clear that the company had yet to finalise whether the two approved models would be named iPhone 6.
Takorn had tweeted on Tuesday that the NBTC had approved this "type" of device, which would allow the iPhone 6 to be sold in this country.
On the same day, he also told reporters that Apple South Asia (Thailand) sent two models of the iPhone 6 for certification. The NBTC approved the types last Friday.
Informing the public that the iPhone 6 model passed this type approval would make consumers feel confident about purchasing the model, he added.
He claimed the tweet did not amount to divulging the company's trade information to the public.
It is his own judgement to release any information to the public for consumers' benefit, he added.