Thailand began legal action on Thursday over Facebook and Twitter for ignoring requests to take down the content on it first such as move against major internet firms.
The digital ministry filed legal complaints with cybercrime police after the two social media companies missed 15-day deadlines to comply fully with court-issued takedown orders from Aug. 27, the digital minister, Puttipong Punnakanta, said.
We’ve notified the companies and warn them twice, but they haven’t complied with all the requests, Puttipong told Reuters. He did not revealed details about the content or what laws it had violated. Spokesperson of the three companies was not straight away available for a statement.
The ministry will also file separate complaints against 10 people who it said criticized the monarchy in social media posts during a major anti-government demonstration at the weekend, he said.
Thailand has a tough lese majeste law that prohibits insulting the monarchy. The Computer Crime Act, which outlaws the uploading of information that is false or affects national security, has also been used to prosecute online criticism of the royal family. Authorities have filed court orders with requests to social media platforms to restrict or remove perceived royal insults and illegal content like gambling or copyright violations.
Under the Act, ignoring a court order can result in a fine of up to 200,000 baht ($6,347), then 5,000 baht ($159) per day until the order is notice.
Puttipong said, The ministry on August 27 asked Facebook to block 661 posts but it took down less than a third of those. Adding to this he also said
Twitter and YouTube, owned by Alphabet, received requests that same day to restrict scores of posts, but not acted on all yet.
On August 28, Facebook had blocked access within Thailand to a group with a million members that discussed the monarchy, saying it was compelled to after Puttipong threatened legal action against its local office.