Thailand is prosecuting Fb, Google, and Twitter over a failure to take away what it says are unlawful posts.
Officers didn’t say precisely what they contained but additionally introduced they might take motion towards particular person customers for insulting the monarchy.
Underneath Thailand’s strict “lese-majeste” legal guidelines, doing so can lead to a jail sentence.
That is the primary time that computer-crime legal guidelines have been used to focus on the platforms themselves.
The announcement follows mass protests within the nation demanding political reform.
“We have notified the businesses and despatched them warnings twice, however they have not complied with all of the requests,” digital minister Puttipong Punnakanta informed Reuters information company.
He mentioned the matter had now been referred to cyber-crime police for prosecution.
Underneath the computer-crimes legislation, the social-media firms may be fined 200,000 baht (£4,970) for ignoring a courtroom order to take down posts – and an additional 5,000 baht every single day till it’s eliminated.
On the time, Fb informed the BBC it was making ready its personal authorized motion in response to strain from authorities there.
The accompanying announcement about motion towards particular person customers follows an anti-government protest final week.
Solely a handful of outstanding accounts are believed to be concerned in that.
Police estimated about 15,000 folks took half; organisers claimed 50,000 did so.
The requires reform of the monarchy are extremely delicate. Thailand’s prison code permits for prosecution for criticism of the royal household – typically in secret trials, leading to lengthy jail sentences.
Human rights teams allege that the legislation has been used as a approach of limiting free speech and requires reform.
Fb, Google, and Twitter have been contacted for remark.