Thailand asks Facebook to delete ‘offensive’ content

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Thailand has asked social networking website Facebook to delete more than 10,000 pages of content containing images or text which it claims are “offensive” to the monarchy, a minister said Thursday. The news comes a day after a Thai court jailed a man for 20 years for sending four text messages deemed insulting to the monarchy, alarming critics who say the kingdom’s strict lese-majeste laws hamper free speech.
“There are more than 10,000 URLs which seem to insult the monarchy,” the country’s information minister Anudith Nakornthap said, adding that people should not click “Like” or comment on “offensive” posts as this would be considered indirect dissemination of the material. Under Thai law, anyone convicted of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent can face a prison sentence of up to 15 years for each offence. Even repeating details of an alleged offence is illegal.

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