National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has issued a final deadline to all the internet service providers of the country to remove or block a large number of webpages deemed illicit. As of now, there is no clear information on what webpages are on the list and why they are being considered illicit. But thousands of webpages in the list belong to YouTube and Facebook. There was an attempt to remove them earlier this year but Google and Facebook refused to remove any pages without a court order.
NBTC met with Thai Internet Service Provider Association representatives on Thursday and issued a deadline until 7th August to remove or block the pages in question. Failing to do that could land the ISPs in legal trouble. Exactly what illicit content is displayed on these pages and why they are deemed illicit remain unclear. Thailand is currently run by a military government and carries strict regulations against internet users.