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Google agrees to remove content offending Thai monarchy from YouTube

Asking other countries to extradite such offenders

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BANGKOK, Thailand - Following the death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week, the country’s military government is said to be tracking those who are suspected of insulting the monarchy.> BNN

The government is also said to be looking at asking other countries to extradite such offenders after names of some offenders living abroad were put up on Thai web forums. 

Even ultra-royalist vigilante groups have declared that they would punish anyone perceived to have insulted the monarchy. 

In a bid to censor social media, including Facebook, Google and LINE messenger service - the government even held a meeting with Google representatives. 

According to reports, Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong held a meeting with Google representatives in Bangkok and said, “If any website is inappropriate they said to get in touch with them and inform them of the URL and the time the content was found.”

Further, Google too affirmed that it would continue to help the government in removing content that is deemed offensive from its subsidiary, YouTube.

Alphabet’s Google said that the practice conforms with Google’s practice around the world. 

A Google spokesperson in California was quoted as saying in Reuters, “We have always had clear and consistent policies for removal requests from governments around the world and we continue to operate in line with those policies. When we are notified of content that is illegal through official processes, we will restrict it in the country where it’s illegal after a thorough review."

According to Thailand's royal insult law, the Article 112 in the criminal code, it is a crime to insult the king, queen, heir or regent and those found guilty face up to 15 years in prison.

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