Thailand backs off threat to block Facebook over content

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"We found Facebook did not block the remaining 131 posts because it has yet to receive the original court orders to block them", Tansathit said, according to the Post.

"If Facebook still shows content declared illegal by court orders in Thailand, action must be taken against Facebook Thailand", Takorn said.

In late April the Thai government had called upon the internet service provider (ISP) and worldwide internet gateway (IIG) companies to play a more active role in implementing the country's censorship law, which includes banning material that violates the country's lese majeste law. The world's largest social network complies with local regulations in the countries in which it operates, though it's clashed with officials and regulators over data requirements and content curbs.

"Facebook is cooperating with Thailand", Mr Takorn Tantasith, secretary general of the NBTC, told reporters.

Read the full Bangkok Post report about Facebook's shutdown threat in Thailand here.

Coconuts has reached out to Facebook for comment on the unfolding situation, but they have not replied.

It isn't clear yet whether a new deadline for compliance has been set.

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Since Thailand's military government seized power in a coup three years ago, more than 100 people have been charged with such offenses and given record sentences.

Thailand has strict laws against disparaging or criticising the monarchy, which they take very seriously - jail terms can run into the hundreds of years.

Thai authorities seem determined to make sure all material they consider illegal is not available for Thai citizens. However, considering that this was an attempt from the authorities to prevent embarrassing the king and the country's monarchy, that their efforts to remove the videos from the internet have resulted in an worldwide news story suggest that they've been counter-productive.

Last week's threat prompted a flurry of concern in the Southeast Asian country - one of Asia's most active on Facebook - that the site would be blocked.

The company has around 45 million monthly users in the country.

A spokesperson from Facebook said that if the Thai government wishes a particular content to be kept hidden, it can make the required request and the company will review it.

"If the relevant Thai authorities find any illegal content from www.facebook.com in our system concerned authorities will request that we shut down the CDN of www.facebook.com", TIPSA said in a statement. "After Facebook received the original court orders, it blocked them within 24 hours".

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