PM orders immediate crackdown on online gambling websites


The prime minister has ordered the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry to block 1,202 online gambling websites within 15 days, Anucha Burapachaisri, spokesman for the Office of Prime Minister, said.

On September 23, the ministry began collaborating with several organisations, including the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission, to block access to the gambling websites.

The ministry recently requested 220 warrants from the court, in addition to the previous 982, totalling 1,202 for violating the Computer Crimes Act.

A study showed that online gambling led to more losses than normal gambling for the addict, as it was easier to access. Therefore, it is important to solve the issue very quickly, Anucha said.