Thailand Threatens to Prosecute Facebook After Video Shows Tattooed King Wearing Crop Top at Mall

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A video of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand that shows the ruler wearing crop top while visiting a shopping center went viral on Facebook and may lead the entire country of Thailand to lose access to the popular social media site.


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As reported by the Daily Mail, the footage was supposedly filmed in Munich, Germany in July 2016, but was just recently posted on Facebook. However, Thai authorities have demanded the video be removed, giving a deadline of 10 am.


Though the film shows King Vajiralongkorn with numerous tattoos across his stomach, back, and arms, it is believed these may actually be temporary tattoos as they did not match photographs taken of the leader in Munich earlier in the year.

Based on the local law in Thailand, individuals who post materials that could be considered insulting to the monarchy could be jailed for a period of up to 15 years.


While the video has been geo-blocked by the social media network, Thai authorities state that over 130 pages containing the footage are still accessible.


The secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission in Thailand, Takorn Tantasith, said, “If even a single illicit page remains, we will immediately discuss what legal steps to take against Facebook Thailand.”


The current monarch is the only son of the former king, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last year. He was 88 at the time of his death and had spent 70 years on the throne.