Despite government ultimatum, Facebook is still accessible in Thailand

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Despite a report that claimed Thailand’s government would block access to Facebook at 10am on Tuesday, the site can still be accessed by users in Thailand.

Early on Tuesday, the Bangkok Post reported that the government was pressuring the Thai Internet Service Provider Association (Tispa) to block access to the site completely if Facebook failed to remove 131 pages deemed illegal by the authorities in Thailand.

Tispa had reportedly sent a request to the managing director of Facebook Thailand on Friday giving a deadline of 10am Bangkok to remove the content.

The authorities warned that failure to comply with the request would result in (Tispa) closing the content delivery network that enables users to see Facebook posts.

“If the relevant Thai authorities find any illegal content from www.facebook.com in our system – particularly the 131 URLs which have not yet been removed – concerned authorities will request that we shut down the CDN of www.facebook.com and other parts of the network to block such illegal content.

“This action may affect the entire delivery services of www.facebook.com to customers in Thailand,” Tispa was reported as saying.

On Monday, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) secretary general Takorn Tantasith said that Facebook had begun cooperating with the request to block the “illicit webpages”.

We will update you if the situation changes.

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