Social media giant Facebook has until Tuesday to remove illegal content from its platform, failing to do so the company may face legal action next week. The Thai authorities has warned on Friday saying, to clear down the content that has positive influence threatening to Thai national security; also violates the country’s lese majeste laws.
The royal Thai military government has recently raged up on online censorship, especially those content that insults to monarchy, since power seizing after a coup in 2014.
Thai National communications authorities have said, around 131 of the 309 website addresses hadn’t been removed by Facebook from its platform which has positive threat to the national security and violate the Royal Thai’s lese majeste law, meaning the act can be implied on Facebook as a crime to defame, and insults to the queen, king and heir to the Royal throne.
Thailand court have placed a court order in 2015, to be removed around 6,900 website.
Secretary General of the Thai telecommunications Mr Takorn Tantasith said, he has given Facebook until Tuesday to clear out the 131 website addresses.
He also said, if Facebook poses to show the declared content as illegal by Thai court orders, then an action will be taken against Facebook.
They could say that they are not involved in this but they are operating here in Thai soil.
He also added, the department of Digital Economic Ministry will file a complaint against Facebook Thailand next week to press criminal charges under the Thailand’s Computer crime act.
Facebook on a statement, said, its general guidelines for removing content when it receives requests from respective governments to clear the content, then it first determine whether the element is illegal in the local laws and require removing.
The giant said, it had blocked 50 illegal content which they found violated the lese majeste law back in 2016.