Facebook blocks pages with royal insults

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Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has blocked access in Thailand to 178 pages with “inappropriate” content, including some containing alleged insults against the royal family, upon the military government’s request, officials said on Thursday.

Media Regulator National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) told newsmen that among 309 Facebook pages ordered shut down by a Thai criminal court, 178 of them have been blocked for local users of late.

Recently, Thailand’s internet providers sent a request to Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg and the company’s managing director in Thailand to block pages and posts deemed in violation of Thai law.

The NBTC has threatened to take legal actions against Facebook in Thailand if the remaining 131 pages are not blocked by coming week.

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