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Royal Insults: Facebook, YouTube Shut Down Videos

Facebook pages and videos were ordered to be shut down by a Thai court for insults on royal  while those with“inappropriate” content have been blocked.  Thai authorities  gave this statement on Tuesday.

“Web pages with alleged royal insults were among a total of 965 pages deemed illegal, with others containing violence, copyright issues and other inappropriate content,.

“Among the 965 pages, 569 of them were on Facebook and 373 on YouTube.

“Although nearly 100 per cent has been blocked, the NBTC has instructed ISPs [internet service providers] to keep monitoring online content,’’ Takorn Tantasith, Secretary-General, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) said.

Thailand has a strict lese-majesty law that prohibits the public from criticizing and passing  insults on the royal family. And there is a life imprisonment punishment for offender found guilty.

Over 100 people have been arrested for alleged lese-majesty offences since the military takeover in 2014 .

Most of them were detained for making comments or sharing posts on Facebook.

On Friday, a Thai man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for posts he made on Facebook, the longest sentence till date.

Facebook confirmed that it is making pages and posts unavailable in Thailand on the junta’s request.

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