Arrogant Thailand threatens facebook again

Thailand’s military-run government, in power since a 2014 coup, has faced criticism for clamping down on free speech ahead of elections planned for next year.

Thais tell Facebook: ‘This is Thailand – you’re not doing enough to block content we don’t like.’

The Thai national broadcasting authority has told Facebook they are not doing enough to block content deemed illegal in the kingdom.

Out of more than 2,500 URLs the Thais asked to be taken down in May Facebook has only shut access to 40%.

Now they are giving Facebook a Monday deadline to clear up many of the outstanding URLs before considering their next move, Daily News reported.

However YouTube are doing a good job, said secretary of the NTBC Thakorn Tanthasit.

Back at the start of May a court in Thailand decided that 2,556 URLs on Facebook should be closed. Only 1,039 have been.

YouTube were asked to shut 980, and have shut 779 or 79%.

Eighty four other URLs saw sixteen closed, or just 19%.

Thakorn said: “If they are coming into Thailand they have to obey our laws. Facebook are not doing enough to block illegal content”.

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The results were for the period of May 1st to July 16th. A deadline of August 7th was given for compliance.

On the 8th the NTBC are due to present the results of the requests for bans to the deputy prime minister. – The Nation

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  • Dictatorship the same as North Korea.!! It is a free world, so why is this man imposing restrictions on people’s private life.!!

    • He worries he might lose face and secondarily the elections

  • he will have just about every thai person under 35 years of age very angry if he tries to close down facebook.

  • welcome to the real world thailand