Facebook could be facing legal action from the administration of Thailand if it doesn’t remove content that condemns its ruler. The social networking giant has less than a day to remove the content. If they fail to remove the content the government of Thailand will take legal action against them. Part of the content is apparently a video showing Thailand’s King. The video shows Vajiralongkorn strolling through a shopping center covered in tattoos.
Andrew Marshall a writer, and Thai government faultfinder uploaded the video. A Thai native shot the video in a mall in Munich in June 2016 .
The video and other substances are infringing upon the nation’s lese-majeste laws, which don’t permit any feedback of the government.
On Friday, Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, told correspondents the online networking organization had until Tuesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. to expel 309 pages. (That is 11 p.m. ET Monday night.)
“They could argue that they are not involved [in removing content], but Facebook Thailand is still operating here.”
A week ago, Facebook told the Bangkok Post that the organization consented to follow the administration’s demand. Facebook blocked 178 pages, but there were 131 pages still open with the dubious video of the lord.
The pages are not brought down from the online networking stage, but instead geolocked. This means individuals in Thailand can’t see them, however, people in the rest of the world can still view them.
“When governments believe that something on the Internet violates their laws, they may contact companies like Facebook and ask us to restrict access to that content. When we receive such a request, we review it to determine if it puts us on notice of unlawful content,” a Facebook spokesperson wrote.
“If we determine that it does, then we make it unavailable in the relevant country or territory and notify people who try to access it why it is restricted.”
What is the lese-majeste law?
Article 112 of Thailand’s criminal states that: “Whoever, defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to 15 years.”
But there’s no description or explanation of what constitutes defamation or an insult. It also states that anyone can file a complaint, against anyone.
Thailand‘s military government has ramped up online censorship, particularly of perceived insults to monarchy, since seizing power in a 2014 coup.