Thailand starts legal action against Facebook, Twitter, Google over content

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s digital ministry said on Wednesday it would start legal action against Facebook, Twitter and Google this week for ignoring some requests to take down content, in what would be the country’s first such cases against major internet firms. “We’ve notified the companies and sent them warnings twice, but they haven’t complied with all the requests,” Puttipong told Reuters. The ministry on Aug. 27 asked Facebook to block 661 posts but it took down less than a third of those, Puttipong said. Twitter and YouTube, owned by Alphabet, received requests that same day to restrict scores of posts, but have not acted on all of them, he said. Facebook last month 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.

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