Facebook is quietly giving in to government pressures to censor content


For all its talk about creating a more “open and connected world”, Facebook appears to be quietly pandering to more government requests for censorship.

The social giant on Tuesday said that it would consider blocking local content on Facebook in Thailand, on a case-by-case basis, in response to a request by the Thai government to block some 600 local Facebook pages.

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“When governments believe that something on the Internet violates their laws, they may contact [us]…when we receive such a request, it is scrutinised to determine if the specified content does indeed violate local laws,” a Facebook spokesperson told news outlet the Bangkok Post. Read more…

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