Thailand warns Facebook to take down anti- monarchy pages


Thai authorities gave Facebook until Tuesday to take down contents it said were threatening national security or face legal action.

Thailand’s military government has ramped up online censorship, particularly perceived insults to monarchy, since seizing power in a 2014 coup.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) said on Friday that Facebook had failed to remove 131 of 309 web addresses on its platform which threatened security or violated the lese majeste law.

NBTC said that it is a crime to defame, insult or threaten the king, queen, heir to the throne or regent.

It said that the Facebook formed part of some 6,900 web addresses which Thai courts have ordered to be removed or shut down since 2015.

Takorn Tantasith, Secretary-General of NBTC said that he had given Facebook until Tuesday to remove the 131 addresses.

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