Thailand Threatens To Sue Facebook After A Video Of King Maha Vajiralongkorn In A Crop Top Went Viral

Thailand has threatened to sue Facebook if they do not remove all the posts of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a shopping center wearing a crop top and fake tattoos

  • The video shows Vajiralongkorn in a shopping center in Munich in July of 2016

  • Thai authorities requested that Facebook block 309 posts that are deemed illegal in the country

  • Thailand’s lese-majeste laws make it a serious crime to insult a monarchy with a punishment of 15-years in prison

Facebook is in hot water with Thailand after a video went viral of King Maha Vajiralongkorn sporting a crop top and fake tattoos in a test of the country’s harsh censorship laws.

In the video Vajiralongkorn is seen strolling through a shopping center in Munich with a female. It was reported that the video was recorded in July of 2016.

Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission stated Thai authorities requested that Facebook block 309 posts they deemed offensive. Facebook reportedly only removed 178 of those posts and gave no explanation for the other 131 posts still being accessible on Facebook Thailand.

Members of the Thai Internet Service Provider Association sent an email to Mark Zuckerberg asking his company to block any posts that are deemed illegal in Thailand. Insulting a monarchy in Thailand is a serious crime that with a punishment of 15-years-in prison. There have been 105 people arrested since May 2014 for violating lese-majeste laws.

Tantasith said on Thursday that if the clip was still up by Tuesday at 10:00 am that they would file a lawsuit against Facebook.

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