Thailand is prosecuting Facebook, Google, and Twitter over a failure to take away what it says are unlawful posts.
Officials didn’t say precisely what they contained but in addition introduced they’d take motion in opposition to particular person customers for insulting the monarchy.
Under Thailand’s strict “lese-majeste” legal guidelines, doing so may end up in a jail sentence.
This is the primary time that computer-crime legal guidelines have been used to focus on the platforms themselves.
The announcement follows mass protests within the nation demanding political reform.
“We’ve notified the companies and sent them warnings twice, but they haven’t complied with all the requests,” digital minister Puttipong Punnakanta advised Reuters information company.
He mentioned the matter had now been referred to cyber-crime police for prosecution.
Under the computer-crimes legislation, the social-media firms might be fined 200,000 baht (£4,970) for ignoring a courtroom order to take down posts – and an additional 5,000 baht daily till it’s eliminated.
At the time, Facebook advised the BBC it was making ready its personal authorized motion in response to stress from authorities there.
The accompanying announcement about motion in opposition to particular person customers follows an anti-government protest final week.
Only a handful of distinguished accounts are believed to be concerned in that.
Police estimated about 15,000 folks took half; organisers claimed 50,000 did so.
The requires reform of the monarchy are extremely delicate. Thailand’s felony code permits for prosecution for criticism of the royal household – typically in secret trials, leading to lengthy jail sentences.
Human rights teams allege that the legislation has been used as a approach of limiting free speech and requires reform.
Facebook and Twitter declined to touch upon the case, and Google has but to reply.