BANGKOK - Thai can still be on Facebook despite government threats to get the site out of the country. Reason is a dispute about a video of the extravagant King Maha Vajiralongkorn, which shows how the tattooed head of state walks in a minuscule tip in a shopping mall in Munich.
The video is widely shared on Facebook; A thorn in the thailand's eye, known to be standing behind the royal house. Thailand has high penalties for majesty. The fact that the flamboyant king attracts little clothes in public, Thai does not need to know, so the authorities argue.
The Thai telecom giant gave Facebook today to remove a total of 131 offensive sites. If this does not happen, there would be a boycott. Many Thai are worried about the imminent measure: Facebook is barely popular in the country.
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Vajiralongkorn followed last year December his deceased father, the beloved king Bhumibol. The population is skeptical about his son: he has been separated three times, feels loose and likes wearing non-enveloping clothes. He has moved to Germany, where he leads the life of a Playboy.