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Thai Ministry of Culture alarmed about SimSimi app

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BANGKOK, 3 February 2012 (NNT) – Thai Culture Minister Mrs. Sukumol Kunplome is set to hold talks with related agencies to monitor the use of technology in the Thai society after a new smart phone application called ‘Simsimi’ which interacts with users using foul language is becoming popular.

The program is similar to other chatting applications found on smart phones except that it is not a real person on the other end. Mrs. Sukumol said she has coordinated with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to ask the application developer in South Korea to find a way to eliminate obscene and offensive words in this program.

The Culture Minister added that such application would encourage mobile phone users to spend less time on socializing with real human-beings. It would, according to her, become an issue in the society.

Mrs. Sukumol expected a unit would be set up by the ICT and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand to monitor the application.

She said, however, that whether the application should be banned in Thailand would be furthered deliberated. Meanwhile, the Thai Language Teachers Association of Thailand showed concerns over Simsimi, saying it would lead students to use wrong words in wrong situations and create the habit of using offensive language in everyday life.

Read more: NNT

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