Thailand removes illicit webpages
But nearly 1,800 pages remain because of coordination errors
By Kosman Tortermvasana
Facebook and YouTube have confirmed that all web pages ruled as illicit by the Thai Criminal Court have been removed from their platforms.
From May 1 to July 16, 1,835 pages were removed. The removal of the remaining 1,786 pages has not been ordered by the court because of coordination errors among government agencies.
The mistake involving coordination has led to an inaccurate number of illicit pages, said Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
“The Digital Economy and Society [DE] ministry explained that they need to translate and manage details, including some slang words prior to sending the court orders to Facebook and YouTube,” said Mr Takorn.
The NBTC scrapped its previous deadline that ordered internet service providers (ISPs) and international internet gateway (IIG) providers to remove all 3,726 illicit web pages by August 7.
Mr Takorn held a press conference with representatives of Thai Internet Service Providers Association after they discussed the second phase of the crackdown on illicit web pages.
On Friday, NBTC threatened ISP and IIG providers with the revocation of internet licences and legal punishment if the latest lot of illicit web pages were in place yesterday.