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Thailand threatens to shut down Facebook over footage of King Maha Vajiralongkorn

THAILAND could lose all access to Facebook today after footage of its heavily-tattooed king strolling around in a crop top went viral.
The bizarre clip of King Maha Vajiralongkorn waltzing around a shopping centre alongside a woman has gone viral, The Sun reports.
Furious top brass in the South East Asian nation reportedly want the clip taken offline and the Bangkok Post is reporting the entire country could lose its access to Facebook as early as Tuesday morning (local time) if this isn’t removed.
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn allegedly pictured walking around a shopping centre in video that's surfaced on social media.
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn allegedly pictured walking around a shopping centre in video that's surfaced on social media.
The Thai Internet Service Provider Association told the Post that it could disconnect Facebook’s server if it fails to meet a deadline of 10am Tuesday (1pm AEDT) to remove the posts and links.
Thai residents can be jailed for 15 years for insulting the country’s monarch.
Takorn Tantasith, head of Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, said: “If even a single illicit page remains, we will immediately discuss what legal steps to take against Facebook Thailand.”
Thai officials are threatening to shut down Facebook over the post.
Thai officials are threatening to shut down Facebook over the post.
Internet chiefs in the country reportedly emailed Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg personally asking him to remove the clip.
And despite attempts to block Thais viewing the video, more than 300 versions are believed to be floating around social media.
It is not the first time the monarch has been spotted in such attire.
Maha Vajiralongkorn pictured at Munich airport in October 2016 in a crop top and tattoos. Picture: Leser-Reporter/BILD
Maha Vajiralongkorn pictured at Munich airport in October 2016 in a crop top and tattoos.
In October he was snapped at a Munich airport wearing a rolled-up tank top, sagging jeans and fake tattoos with a poodle in tow.
King Vajiralongkorn was crowned in December at the age of 64.
He succeeded his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died last year at the age of 88 after spending 70 years on the throne.
Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. Picture: Sakchai Lalit/AP
Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.
The King and his sister Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn attending a dinner at the National Museum (Rijksmuseum) in Amsterdam just before he was crowned. Picture: Carl Court/AFP
The King and his sister Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn attending a dinner at the National Museum (Rijksmuseum) in Amsterdam just before he was crowned.

A photo the King taken in July 28, 1952. Picture: AFP/STR
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