Thailand backs down on Facebook ban over royal posts

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An incredibly freaky video of Thailand's king might see Facebook blocked in the country. In a change of tactic, Mr Takorn said officials had forwarded 34 court orders to Facebook so far.

Last week, when Facebook declined to censor 131 of the 309 pages requested, it was Takorn's commission, through the Thai Internet Service Provider Association, which demanded the California-based company comply with its demands by Monday morning or face legal action.

The report added that Tispa and internet gateway providers sent an email to the managing director of Facebook Thailand on Friday with the request and reportedly said 131 URLs had been deemed inappropriate have yet to be removed.

The head of the service providers' association, which groups 19 landline and mobile ISPs and global gateway operators covering 90 per cent of Thailand, also told reporters there was no plan to block access yet.

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So much that insulting the king results in a crime of Lese Majeste which can attract prison terms or worse.

"If, after careful legal review, we find that the content is illegal under local law we restrict it as appropriate and report the restriction in our Government Request Report", Facebook has said in past statements outlining its policy.

In the video the king can be see wandering through the mall in a small crop top with a woman believed to be one of his mistresses.

Maha Vajiralongkorn was born on July 24, 1952 in Bangkok's Royal Dusit Palace, the 64-year-old is the only son and male heir of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. Thailand's criminal court had also signed the request.

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Facebook, which is blocked in a number of authoritarian countries such as North Korea, has said it relies on local governments to notify the site of information it deems illegal.

The other way is to block the entire Facebook.com domain, which means all 47 million Facebook users in Thailand will be blocked as well.

Since taking power, the military government has made increasing use of the royal insult law, which can carry a penalty of up to 15 years for each offence, against critics.

The trouble with having the ISPs do the blocking is that it is very hard for them to do so selectively or by posts or URLs because the communication between a user's browser and the Facebook website is encrypted.

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But she added: "We're going to be fighting bloody hard in places that we perhaps haven't targeted before at a general election". One user wrote: "Time for her to leave and let Scotland prosper in a strong union".

"Now we are trying to work on the remaining ones and we must continue to work by asking for cooperation from foreign governments, the private sector and Thai website administrators", he said.

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