Thailand Takes Legal Action Against Facebook And Twitter

Alphabet’s Google spared ire for complying with court orders.

Sohil Nikam

September 25, 2020

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Thailand has initiated legal proceedings against social media giants Facebook and Twitter for failing to comply with requests to take down content from their platforms. The country’s Digital Minister Puttipong Punnakanta said that the Ministry has filed legal complaints with the cybercrime police after the two companies missed their 15-day deadlines to comply fully with court-issued takedown orders from August 27. Alphabet’s Google was left out of the complaint as the requested videos were taken down from its YouTube platforms in time.

Thailand has not specified the exact nature of the content that is being targeted, but it can be anything from pornography to criticism of the country’s monarchy. Large-scale protests had erupted in the country earlier this year wherein students had criticized the country’s monarchy, which is considered a criminal offence in Thailand. The Digital Ministry has said that it will file more such takedown requests to Facebook, Twitter, and Google, asking them to remove more than 3,000 items from their platforms.

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