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Thailand Threatens to Shutdown Facebook

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Thailand: A Thai Cabinet official has threatened to shut down Facebook nationwide, claiming that the Facebook does not do enough to review adverts, exposing consumers to costly fraud.

Minister of Thailand of Digital Economy and Society, Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, said in a statement Monday that he is prepared to go to criminal court by the end of the month to argue for Facebook to be shut down in Thailand.

He claims Thai officials have already asked Facebook parent firm Meta to remove bogus advertising, resulting in over 5,000 being removed, yet the problem remains, updated by The News International.

He claims that on Facebook, adverts or phoney accounts regularly profess to be credible financial and investment advisers providing big rewards, enticing consumers into scams in which they lose money.

When reached by phone on Tuesday, Meta in Thailand requested that any inquiries be submitted through email to its press department, which did not react to a request for comment on the minister’s charges.

It was unclear how fast the court would rule on the complaint if submitted by the ministry. With over 50 million user accounts for the country’s 66 million population, Facebook is immensely popular in Thailand.

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