TECH | Facebook blocks scores of pages in Thailand

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Facebook has blocked access to scores of web pages in Thailand with “inappropriate” content, including some containing alleged insults against the royal family, on the orders of the country’s criminal court.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) told reporters on Thursday that Facebook has restricted local users’ access to 178 out of some 309 pages on the criminal court’s blacklist.

Thailand’s criminal court has ordered nearly 7,000 “inappropriate” web pages be shut down since 2015, according to the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, Under Thailand’s lese majeste or royal insult law, criticism of the royal family is an offence punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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