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Thai gov’t to take legal action against social media providers

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BANGKOK (Bangkok Post) – The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society on Thursday asked technology crime suppression police to prosecute major social media providers for failing to remove all illegal posts they were warned about.

It also targetted social media users who posted messages offending the royal institution during the anti-government demonstration in Bangkok last weekend.

Buddhipongse Punnakanta, minister of digital economy and society, filed the complaint at the Technology Crime Suppression Division.

He said his ministry had sent warning letters to the operators of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter telling them to block illegal information within 15 days, but they did not fully cooperate.

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He said the warnings attached with relevant court orders targetted 661 links on Facebook and 225 of the links were removed.

The ministry did the same for 69 links on Twitter and five of them were removed. Meanwhile, 289 links on YouTube were completely blocked on Wednesday.

“It is the first time in Thailand has exercised computer crime law to prosecute the service providers. Charges will go to the parent company of all the organisations. The police will use Thai laws because the offences happened in Thailand. I believe the police can do it,” Buddhipongse said.

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