Who Actually Said Thailand Would Pull The Plug On Facebook?

Published on 16th May 2017 by Stickboy BKK

Social media has been buzzing all day about the deadline passing for Facebook to remove illegal content the Thai government wants taken down, or blocked to users in the country.

English language news outlets, both national and international, have been churning out articles as fast as their staff can knock them up and the links being shared thousands of times.

Yet not one has a quote and the name of the person who said Facebook would be shutdown if the content the government found offensive and illegal wasn’t taken down.

Prosecutions yes, shutdown, err, really?

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Now it’s quite possible I’ve missed the quote but surely all those news outlets running the story would be naming the person who said Thailand would pull the plug on Facebook if they didn’t comply?

You’d think so, wouldn’t you? It gives the story credibility and pads out the word count with another paragraph.

Maybe someone can share the quote, the person who said it and a link to a credible Thai or English language news site with me.

My understanding of the situation is the government gave Facebook until Tuesday to remove / block a number of pages threatening legal action if they failed to comply.

The deadline passed and no action was taken by the social media giant as they want court warrants – a batch of which were previously issued and action taken. More warrants have been issued and forwarded to FB for processing with more to come.

The PM himself said Tuesday afternoon the government didn’t have the power to shut the site down… so more sensationalism and twisting of the truth from the media?

I’ll wait and see if anyone can share the quote and update this article accordingly.

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