Thailand sues Facebook, Twitter for not banning material in time

Thailand’s government lodged a complaints with police Thursday against Facebook and Twitter, claiming they neglected to follow court orders to obstruct content declared illegal under Thai law. Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta said that it was first through his ministry, having made such move against the social media organizations under Thailand’s Computer Crime Act. The ministry recorded the complaints at the police Technology Crime Suppression Division, where Buddhipongse said the corporations had failed to fulfill the 15-day time limit issued by the courts to block the many accounts.

He said the said websites were restricted in light of the fact that they contained unlawful content relating with internet gambling, pornography, drugs and the monarchy, an exceptionally delicate subject. The ministry likewise recorded complaints against parties utilizing five accounts to circulate material considered hostile during a huge anti-governmental rally  previous weekend.

Buddhipongse said Facebook has blocked access in Thailand to 215 of the 661 records his service had mentioned. Twitter had obstructed four of 69 records, he said.

Police Col. Siriwat Deepor, deputy chief of the Technology Crime Suppression Division, said the organizations could be fined of not in excess of 200,000 baht ($6,325) and an extra daily fine of 5,000 baht ($158) for every day the accounts remain unblocked.

Kate Hayes, a representative for Facebook’s Asia Pacific operations, said the corporation didn’t have any remark until further notice on the Thai action. A representative from Twitter couldn’t be reached.

In August, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society effectively pressured Facebook to block a famous page about monarchy. “We are securing our sovereignty, which may not mean protection through physical borders in the customary sense but instead protecting our digital sovereignty,” Buddhipongse said at that point. He pronounced that such assaults “happened quickly and are continually harming Thais.”

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