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Offbeat Pro-democracy protests: Thailand sues Facebook and Twitter

22:25  24 september  2020
22:25  24 september  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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The conflict between Thailand and social networks is intensifying ... While a wind of protest rose this summer in the country, the ministry of the Digital Economy and Society on Thursday filed complaints with the cybercrime police against Facebook and Twitter for ignoring a number of its content removal requests.

"We informed the companies concerned and sent them warnings twice, but they did not comply with all the requests," Thai Minister Puttipong Punnakanta told Reuters, without giving further details. .

He believes that the two Web giants have missed the deadlines to fully comply with the orders issued by the court, which required them to withdraw publications of pro-democracy activists deemed "offensive" to the country and the monarchy.

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On the other hand, no action was taken against Alphabet's Google, because its YouTube video platform deleted the requested content Wednesday evening, said Puttipong Punnakanta, while thousands of demonstrators were gathered on Thursday in front of the Parliament in Bangkok to try to put pressure on the deputies who must vote on a possible reform of certain parts of the Constitution.

At the end of August, when Facebook was forced by the Thai government to shut down a very popular group dedicated to the pro-democracy movement underway in the kingdom, the social media giant announced that it planned to "challenge" the order.

The private group in question, called "Royalist Marketplace", had been created in April and had more than one million members. The social network then explained that it had been "forced" to block this page under pressure from the government, which claims that it hosted content that was defamatory for the regime.

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Lèse majesté laws

According to 'The Guardian', on August 10, the government had given Facebook about two weeks to comply with this order, at the risk of being fined $ 6,300 per day, in accord with the country's computer crime law. But according to a Facebook spokesperson, the Thai government's demands "violate international human rights law and have a chilling effect on people's ability to speak out."

The creator of the private group, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, said he regretted Facebook's decision to delete his page. "By doing this, Facebook is cooperating with the authoritarian regime to obstruct democracy and cultivate authoritarianism in Thailand," he said. Note that the monarchy is a very sensitive subject in the country. Thai lèse majesté laws are often the source of such requests to block or remove content on social networks ...

  Manifestations pro-démocratie : la Thaïlande attaque en justice Facebook et Twitter © Reuters

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