Thailand Gives Facebook Until Tuesday to Remove Posts That Insult Their Monarchy

Thailand Gives Facebook Until Tuesday to Remove Posts That Insult Their Monarchy

Authorities had threatened legal action and a complete shutdown of Facebook.

The threat prompted a flurry of concern in the Southeast Asian country - one of the most Facebook-active countries in Asia - that the social network would be blocked.

The 131 web addresses in question were found to have content deemed insulting to the monarchy or threatening national security.

"If Facebook still shows content declared illegal by court orders in Thailand, action must be taken against Facebook Thailand", Takorn said.

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After the Tuesday morning deadline had passed, the secretary-general of the Thai telecom regulator Takorn Tantasith told reporters that criminal court orders had been issued for 34 pages, and authorities were seeking court orders for the other 97 pages.

Facebook could be shut down in Thailand today, after images of the king wandering around a shopping centre wearing a yellow crop top were circulated online.

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"From now on, when the court endorses the offences, the ministry and the NBTC will directly send the information to both Tispa and Facebook to shorten the time it takes to block the illegal content", he said.

Facebook is still accessible in Thailand despite a deadline passing for it to remove material the authorities had deemed critical of the monarchy.

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We have a feeling Thai authorities might find it harder to enforce the lese-majeste laws than they did with the last King... Thailand slid six places to 142 out of 180 countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.

The government of Thailand is urging the country's internet service providers to prevent their customers from accessing Facebook after the social media firm denied a government request to remove content.

The trouble with having the ISPs do the blocking is that it is very hard for them to do so selectively or by posts or URLs because the communication between a user's browser and the Facebook website is encrypted. This is believed to be the first public video of Bodindradebayavarangkun in a crop top.

Facebook has run into similar problems with Thailand earlier as well. Is Facebook right in blocking content in a country that is not being ruled by a democratic government but rather by the military, which has seized power?

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A spokesperson from Facebook said that if the Thai government wishes a particular content to be kept hidden, it can make the required request and the company will review it.

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