Facebook is considering blocking pages and posts deemed to violate Thailand's strict lese-majesty law, the social media giant told dpa Friday.
Facebook's comments came two days after Thai internet providers sent a request to Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg and the company's managing director in Thailand to block 600 Facebook pages as ordered by a Thai court.
"When we receive such a request, it is scrutinized to determine if the specified content does indeed violate local laws," Facebook said in a statement.
"If we determine that it does, then we make it unavailable in the relevant country or territory and notify people who try to access it why it is restricted."
Thailand's criminal court has ordered the shutdown of nearly 7,000 "inappropriate" web pages since 2015, according to the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society.
However, around 600 pages remain, mainly on Facebook, that the ministry cannot block because they are encrypted.
Thailand's lese-majesty law prohibits criticism of the royal family, with perpetrators facing up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.
On Wednesday, four people were charged with lese-majesty and have remained in detention in a Bangkok prison for sharing a Facebook post by Somsak Jeamteerasakul, a prominent critic of the monarchy who lives in exile in France.
Somsak, who is being targeted by the Thai government, said on his Facebook page on Thursday that he received an email from Facebook notifying him that another post he made was in violation of a Thai law.
The post involved a video clip, reportedly showing King Maha Vajiralongkorn's recent vacation in Germany, which is no longer available.
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