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Facebook to consider removing illegal content in Thailand

May 09. 2017
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By The Nation

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Facebook said on Tuesday it will consider blocking illegal content on Facebook in Thailand on a case by case basis after receiving requests to do so.

Asked by The Nation to react to a joint request by ISPs in Thailand to block 309 URLs deemed illegal by Thai courts and authorities, a Facebook spokesperson replied that Facebook would scrutinise the content and consider blocking it.

“When governments believe that something on the Internet violates their laws, they may contact companies like Facebook and ask us to restrict access to that content. When we receive such a request, it is scrutinised to determine if the specified content does indeed violate local laws,” the spokesperson said. 

“If we determine that it does, then we make it unavailable in the relevant country or territory and notify people who try to access it why it is restricted.”

The spokesperson added the practice was not specific to Thailand but was applied in all countries.

The draft of ISPs' letter to Facebook.

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