Facebook Blocks Access To Group Criticising Thailand’s Monarchy

The one-million strong group has been isolated at the Thai government’s request.

Sohil Nikam

August 25, 2020

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Facebook has now blocked access to a group named “Royalist Marketplace” which criticized Thailand’s monarchy. The social networking site has taken this decision after bowing to the demand of the country’s government. The development has come amidst rising pro-democracy protests in the country, demanding reforms to the monarchy system that have been going on all around the country. On Monday night, those trying to access “Royalist Marketplace” were met with the message, “Access to this group has been restricted within Thailand pursuant to a legal request from the ministry of digital economy and society.”

Facebook has been coming under heavy fire for its arbitrary policies related to politics and hate speech. Recently, an international report had pointed out that the site’s Indian executive, Ankhi Das had protected politicians of the BJP from hate speech policies that would have gotten them suspended or removed from the platform. In the case of Thailand, the social network has said that it will look to legally challenge the demand by the Thai authorities but hasn’t shared any details regarding the same. “Requests like this are severe, contravene international human rights law, and have a chilling effect on people’s ability to express themselves,” the company said in a statement.

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