Thailand has threatened to sue Facebook over posting of against its monarchy. Authorities in Thailand have issued a strict warning to Mark’s Facebook to take down what it calls ‘critical content’ against King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and his laws or risk being faced with legal action.
Thai authorities have given Facebook until next Tuesday to take down over than 130 critical items from pages viewable in Thailand that are said to be threatening national security.
In a statement issued by NBTC, Facebook had failed to remove 131 of 309 web addresses on its platform. The NBTC has it that, it is a crime to defame, insult or threaten the king, queen, heir to the throne or regent.
The statement further stated that Facebook had formed part of some 6,900 web addresses which Thai courts have ordered to be removed or shut down since 2015.
NBTC’s Secretary-General, Takorn Tantasith, stated that he had given Facebook until Tuesday to remove the 131 addresses.
‘If Facebook still shows content declared illegal by court orders in Thailand, action must be taken against Facebook Thailand. They could argue that they are not involved (in removing content), but Facebook Thailand is still operating here.’
Takorn said that the Ministry of Digital Economy would file a complaint with police next week to press charges against Facebook Thailand under the Computer Crime Act and commerce ministry regulations.
Facebook’s CE0, Mark Zuckerberg is yet to react to the threat of legal action against his platform.