FACEBOOK has moved to allay fears of a suspected breach of privacy by assuring its users that it did not share information with Thailand’s junta-led government.
This comes in the wake of concerns raised by some netizens that the social networking platform had shared private communications of users with the military following the arrests of eight activists under its strict lèse majesté laws several weeks ago.
According to Khaosod English, Facebook released a statement to deny info-sharing yesterday, telling Human Rights Watch (HRW) that it had not divulged any account details. Facebook has also published a security bulletin in the Thai language on Monday, calling on users to utilize its security features.
HRW researcher in Thailand, Sunai Phasuk, said Facebook contacted the group on Tuesday to confirm that it did not disclose account information or content of its users to the army. Its advanced system, Sunai was told, kept the personal information and the accounts secure.
“We do not provide any government with direct access to people’s data. We apply a strict legal process to any government request for data or content restrictions and we list the requests we are getting in our Government Requests Report,” a Facebook representative was quoted saying in the report on Khaosod.
The three were part of the ‘Facebook 8’ group which were detained by the military earlier this week. They were accused of receiving funds to run anti-government Facebook pages that insulted the government and its leader, Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha.
Khaosod also reported that the eight Facebook page admins charged with sedition for insulting the leader of Thailand’s junta were released on bail Tuesday after a military court granted them bail on bonds of 200,000 baht each.
Additional Reporting by Associated Press