Facebook founder heading to BKK for talks with Thai PM

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is heading to Thailand at the end of October to meet with PM Prayuth Chan-ocha.

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Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak says Mark Zuckerberg intends to arrive in Bangkok on October 30 to discuss e-commerce and related Facebook issues withe the Thai PM.

The Deputy PM also added that an executive from intends to visit Bangkok in November for talks with Prayuth and other ASEAN leaders.

The Junta has had a vexed relationship with the social media giant. On one hand trying to use Facebook to reach out better to the Thai constituency (Gen. Prayut even opened his own Facebook page in August).

But some Facebook users have been charged for running Facebook pages and making critical comments about the government, running polls about his temper and behaviour and others are still in custody over their postings relating to the Thai monarchy.

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Tim Newton

Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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