In a crackdown on social media posts critical of the Thai Monarchy, the
Ministry of Digital Economy and Society say they plan to pursue legal action against Facebook and Twitter for failing to remove content that violates the countrys
Social media users who make insulting posts about the Thai Monarchy can also be charged. So far, the ministry has identified 9 people they say are responsible for content shared online that violates Thailands laws.
Over the past year, numerous activists and protest leaders involved in the pro-democracy movement have been arrested for allegedly violating
lse majest law, Section 112 of Thailands Criminals Code. Under the law, those who insult or defame the Thai Monarchy face 3 to 15 years in prison.
Pro-democracy activists have been calling on government and monarchy reform, bringing up subjects and questions considered taboo and unprecedented in Thai society.
Many activists use Facebook and Twitter to share information about protests as well as their views on social and political issues. The ministry says they found 5,494 Facebook pages and 2,949 Twitter pages that harbour illegal content.
Facebook removed the 3,107 links. Twitter refused to remove 611 links, according to the Bangkok Post. Considering not all the pages in question were removed, the DES minister
Buddhipongse Punnakanta says the ministry plans to
take legal action on the social media sites for hosting material in Thailands domain that are said to violate the lse majest law.
From October to December, the DES also found 638 URLS that allegedly violated Thailands Computer Crime Act, which has been used to prosecute
lse majest cases. Most of the links traced back to 26 internet accounts, according to Buddhipongse.
We have identified nine individuals who are owners of these accounts. They are not new faces and have been charged with similar offences many times before