Aug 25, 2020

Facebook blocks Thai access to group critical of monarchy

Facebook has blocked access in Thailand to a million-member group discussing the monarchy, after the government threatened legal action. Access from within Thailand to the "Royalist Marketplace" group was blocked on Monday evening. The group has more than one million members, "Pointing to its massive popularity," group admin Pavin Chachavalpongpun told the BBC. A new group set up on Monday evening gained more than 400,000 followers over night. Mr Chachavalpongpun said the group "Provides a platform for serious discussion on the monarchy and it allows Thais to express their views freely about the monarchy, from the political intervention of the monarchy, to its intimate ties with the military in consolidating the king's power". Thailand forcing Facebook to restrict access to the group has also been strongly criticised by rights groups.

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