Facebook awaits court orders
The deadline passed for yesterday’s government threat to block Facebook in Thailand if the site didn’t remove 131 illegal URLs. Later in the day, it came to light that the site had never received the proper documentation from the Thai government to block the illegal content.
Now, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha has said that the government never had the power to block Facebook in Thailand. He admitted that the only action the government can take is submitting the court orders to have the illegal URLs scrubbed from the social networking site. Beyond that, it was up to the site to cooperate.
The government is now hoping to have the URLS blocked by May 31 — and the social media giant is still awaiting court orders regarding the content deemed illegal. The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society maintains that their staff sent court orders for 24 URLs — but one is needed for each URL to be removed.
There are 107 court orders that still need to be sent. They have been requested by the ministry and will be delivered by the criminal court.
Thailand has over 40 million Facebook users.
Yesterday, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission Secretary-General Takorn Tantasith, said his commission had sent 34 court orders to block the URLs. They must have been in Thai because Facebook replied by saying that the official documents must be in English before they could comply.