Prayut plans ‘lively’ chats with public via Facebook Live

politics October 18, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

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PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha, who now calls himself Tuu Digital, will use live streaming as a way to reach out to people, Puttipong Punnakanta, deputy secretary-general to the premier, said yesterday.



“The Facebook live stream will be a short, lively conversation the premier will have with the people,” Puttipong told reporters.

With elections due early next year, Prayut has equipped himself since Saturday with the most popular social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter and Instragam – in a clear attempt to reach millions and give himself a chance of staying in power.

Puttipong said the prime minister will discuss different issues with his followers and share his views concerning his trips abroad or around the provinces. 

However, he declined to say when the live streams would start. 

Asked if Prayut would be on Facebook Live in Brussels, where he will be attending an Asia-Europe Meeting today and tomorrow, page administrator Puttipong said it all depended upon how convenient it was for him to post from the Belgian capital. 

As of yesterday, Prayut’s Facebook page had already attracted more than 225,000 followers. 

In his latest post, as of press time, he said he loved and cared about his country as much as his own life. 

“I strongly commit to reconcile the divisions [which hinder] national unity, even though we have different opinions,” he said.

Reaction to his social media post has not been entirely supportive.

The PM has been subjected to hostility and abuse since his first post last Saturday. 

“Liar !! You used the gun to steal our rights,” Rungrat Pothitappa posted yesterday, referring to the 2014 coup Prayut staged to topple an elected government.

However Puttipong said everyone’s posts were useful since people used social media to lodge complaints as well as to inform the government of their problems. 

The premier, he added, already deemed his venture into the social media world a success.