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Facebook appears to be meeting Thai demands after ultimatum

Facebook appears to be co-operating with demands by Thai authorities to block access to more than 100 URLs, judging from the fact that it continues to be accessible in the country.

The Thai authorities had given the social media giant until 10am local time on Tuesday (1pm AEDT) to block the offending material or face a shutdown.

The Bangkok Post reported that as of noon on Tuesday (3pm AEDT), the site was still accessible.

Thai Internet Service Provider Association president Morakot Kulthamyothin told the Post that there was no plan to block access to Facebook in Thailand yet.

"We haven't discussed that action to shut down Facebook," he told the media.

TISPA includes 19 landline and mobile ISPs and major international Internet gateway operators covering 90% of the country.

Last Thursday, Facebook was told to remove 309 URLs that were deemed offensive to Thailand's monarchy. But the company did not remove 131 of these.

This resulted in a warning, giving it the Tuesday deadline to comply or face closure in the country.


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