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In May 2014, days after the military coup, Thailand blocked access to Facebook, with the Information Communications Technology Ministry saying the order came from the military.

Thailand's military government sought court orders to block access to 131 Facebook Inc. pages deemed illegal for insulting the monarchy or containing pornographic material.

Blocking illegal content would warrant the shutdown of Facebook as in China, but Suwanprateep questions what the alternative would be for Thai social media users.

Takorn said he expected speedy action on Facebook's part to prevent people inside Thailand from seeing those items.

He also told reporters that Facebook was "co-operating with Thailand".

We have a feeling Thai authorities might find it harder to enforce the lese-majeste laws than they did with the last King...

Thailand is giving Facebook until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, local time, to purge content that is allegedly critical of the monarchy - or be forced to defend itself in court.

Under Thailand's lese majeste law, criticism of the royal family is an offence punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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The video of Bodindradebayavarangkun, 64, was supposedly taken by a Thai citizen last June-months before his father died and he became king.

In the video the king can be see wandering through the mall in a small crop top with a woman believed to be one of his mistresses.

Recall that the Thai officials said the social networking giant had agreed to expunge such content.

The Thai Internet Service Provider Association (TISPA) warned Facebook's subsidiary company in Thailand that it would disconnect the content delivery network (CDN) originating Facebook's server if the social media company failed to comply with the Thai government's request.

President Dimitris Christopoulos said: "In less than three years, the military junta has generated a surge in the number of political prisoners detained under lèse-majesté by abusing a draconian law that is inconsistent with Thailand's global obligations".

The firm has previously said it carefully scrutinises requests made by governments wanting to restrict content.

The trouble with having the ISPs do the blocking is that it is very hard for them to do so selectively or by posts or URLs because the communication between a user's browser and the Facebook website is encrypted.

Internet service providers are able to block access to most pages, but said some 600 could not be shut down because of encryption.

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