Facebook blocks Thailand from page satirizing monarchy

In the first apparent acknowledgement it is cooperating with Thai authorities in censoring content, Facebook has blocked its users in Thailand from accessing a page satirizing Thailand’s Royal Family, citing local laws.

Facebook users in Thailand on Thursday discovered that they can no longer view a satirical page which occasionally lampoons the monarchy. 

“You're unable to view this content because local laws restrict our ability to show it,” the message reads when attempting to access the page of GuKult.

“Be careful in your activism. Right now, Facebook may start to cooperate with Thai government,” wrote Nithiwat Wannasiri, an activist and monarchy critic now living in exile who first publicized the discovery.

 

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