Social media giant Facebook has denied reports that its cofounder and major shareholder Mark Zuckerberg plans to visit Thailand later this month.
In a statement issued yesterday, a Facebook spokesperson said: “There are no plans currently for any of our senior leaders to visit Thailand.”
The Facebook statement contradicts an announcement by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday that he expected to meet Zuckerberg on October 30 for discussions on a range of topics including transnational crime.
Deputy Government Spokesperson Lt-General Werachon Sukondhapatipak had earlier said that the talks between the two were expected to cover concerns over national security and how social media could be used “creatively”.
Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak was on Tuesday quoted by Matichon newspaper as saying that Zuckerberg’s visit would underline Facebook’s business interest in the Kingdom’s huge data centre and online connectivity.
The Thai government has yet to react to the Facebook statement.
Republished with permission from The Nation