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Facebook, YouTube block access in Thailand to 1,800 pages

Broadcast regulator backs off, says both parties are 'collaborative'

Thai regulator Takorn Tantasith told reporters Aug. 7 that penalties will not be imposed on social media companies or internet service providers at present.

BANGKOK -- Thailand's telecom regulator is satisfied with Facebook and YouTube after the social media companies blocked access from Thailand to over 1,800 pages over the past three months -- although this is only about half the number deemed illegal under local laws.

Under Thai law, illegal pages include those that are offensive to the monarchy, threaten national security, contain sexual content, or promote gambling.

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