Facebook faces immediate shutdown threat in Thailand

Facebook may be facing immediate shutdown if it fails to remove 131 Facebook posts which the government deemed illegal, said Thai Internet Service Provider Association (Tispa) in a report on Bangkok Post.

As of Friday, Facebook had removed 178 of 309 posts singled out by the regime and countersigned by the Court. That leaves 131 Facebook posts still accessible in Thailand, the report added.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) last Thursday gave Facebook until 10am Tuesday to remove the remaining illegal posts on its site.

The Criminal Court has signed orders to take down the posts, otherwise the Thai unit of the US social media giant will face legal action. However, according to the internet providers of Tispa, the government has no interest in taking legal action, and is prepared to shut down Facebook entirely.

“If the relevant Thai authorities find any illegal content from www.facebook.com in our system – particularly the 131 URLs which have not yet been removed – concerned authorities will request that we shut down the CDN of www.facebook.com and other parts of the network to block such illegal content.

This action may affect the entire delivery services of www.facebook.com to customers in Thailand,” Tispa said in the email sent Friday request Facebook to take down the posts.

Read the complete news report at Bangkok Post.

Source/Photo: Bangkok Post

 

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