Thai authorities threatened to block Facebook on Tuesday if the social network giant does not remove content that is deemed threatening to national security or offensive to the royal family.
The military junta, which has increased internet censorship since assuming power in the May 2014 coup, demanded, through the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, that Facebook remove 131 posts on its site by Tuesday morning, or face legal action.
The Thai Internet Service Provider Association (TISPA) warned Facebook’s subsidiary company in Thailand that it would disconnect the content delivery network (CDN) originating Facebook’s server if the social media company failed to comply with the Thai government’s request.
Last week, TISPA sent an email notifying Facebook executives in Thailand about the Thai government’s demand.
The internet service providers, represented by TISPA, admitted they are under government pressure and that the military junta has demanded the closure of the distribution network to block illegal materials.
“This action may affect the entire delivery services of www.facebook.com to customers in Thailand,” TISPA said in an email published in the Bangkok Post on Tuesday.
In April, the government ordered a prohibition on any online contact with the three critics of the royal family, threatening criminal consequences to those interacting with them.
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