Facebook removed content that breached of Thailand’s lèse majesté laws 30 times in the second half of 2014 after requests from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Thai CERT (Computer Security Incident Response Team).
Facebook removes lese majeste content
The authorities submitted three requests for information on Facebook users in Thailand last year.
“We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague” says Facebook.
Facebook’s latest Government Requests Report shows an increase of removal of content that breaks Thailand’s laws. However, no content was removed in Thailand in the second half of 2013, and content was removed just five times in the first half of 2014.
Requests for user data by governments are common, as 87 countries requested user data from Facebook in the second half of 2014. Requests for the removal of content by governments are much rarer, with just 17 countries doing so in the latter half of 2014.
Facebook says all requests to remove content are assessed carefully, and the content is removed in the country or territory only where it violates laws:
“Requests are scrutinized to determine if the specified content does indeed violate local laws. If, after a thorough legal analysis, we determine content appears to violate local law, then we make it unavailable in the relevant country or territory.”
The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) says it will not tolerate any breaches of the lèse majesté laws – punishable by up to 15 years in prison.