Facebook denies PM-Zuckerberg meeting

Facebook denies PM-Zuckerberg meeting

Zuckerberg: No plans for a business trip here
Zuckerberg: No plans for a business trip here

"There are no plans currently for any of our senior leaders to visit Thailand," a Facebook statement says, apparently contradicting the prime minister's announcement that a meeting was scheduled for Oct. 30

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Facebook denies PM-Zuckerberg meeting

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's hopes of meeting Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg look to have hit the rocks as a Facebook spokesman said no such plans are on the drawing board.

"There are no plans currently for any of our senior leaders to visit Thailand," according to the statement by a Facebook spokesman released Wednesday.

The government has yet to respond to the denial.

On Tuesday, Gen Prayut told the media Mr Zuckerberg will visit Thailand on a business trip and he had asked to meet Gen Prayut.

Gen Prayut laid out the agenda of the supposed meeting in some detail on Tuesday.

"Mr Zuckerberg asked to meet me to discuss cooperation in preventing and solving the problems of transnational crimes, and what kind of measures and plans should be in place," he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, who is in charge of economic affairs, also confirmed to the media on Monday the Facebook co-founder would visit Thailand.

Facebook has an enormous Thai participation - more than 90% of all internet users. A Facebook electronic poster, displayed when the company opened its Bangkok office in 2015.

Mr Somkid said the meeting announced by the prime minister would provide a chance to ask him to block posts and videos deemed to be in violation of lese majeste laws. Facebook has refused to remove or block most of such posts.

Facebook and the government have clashed over the refusal of the social-media leader to remove or block dozens of allegedly defamatory posts on their site, many of which are accused of violating the lese majeste law.

For several years, Facebook has repeated its policy on blocking or removing posts, or identifying account users. In short, Facebook will not address any such government requests until there is a specific court order.

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Vocabulary

  • accused: to be said to have done something wrong or committed a crime - ถูกกล่าวหา
  • affairs: events affecting a government, military, organisation, etc. - กรณียกิจ, กิจธุระ
  • agenda: a list of things that people will discuss at a meeting - ระเบียบวาระ
  • allegedly (adv): stated without giving complete proof - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา, นัยว่า
  • announce: to tell people something officially, especially about a decision, plans, etc - ประกาศ, แจ้ง, แจ้งให้ทราบ
  • block: to stop something from being done or from succeeding - ปิด, กีดขวาง
  • chief executive officer (CEO): the person with the highest rank in a company or an organisation - ผู้บริหารสูงสุด, ซีอีโอ (ประธานบริหาร)
  • clash: to argue very angrily with someone - ขัดแย้ง
  • co-founder: a person who works with another to establish an institution, business or organisation -
  • cooperation: working together to achieve a result that will benefit all sides - ความร่วมมือ, การทำงานร่วมกัน
  • crimes (noun): illegal activities or actions - อาชญากรรม
  • currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน
  • deemed: considered - เห็นว่า ถือว่า
  • defamatory: saying or writing something bad about someone that is not true and makes other people have a bad opinion of them - ทำลายชื่อเสียง
  • denial: a statement that something is not true or did not happen - คำแถลงการณ์ปฏิเสธ
  • deny: to say that something is not true - ปฏิเสธ
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • display: to put something in a particular place so that people can see it easily - โชว์, แสดง
  • economic (adj): connected with the trade, industry and development of wealth of a country, an area or a society - เกี่ยวกับเศรษฐกิจ, ในทางเศรษฐศาสตร์
  • enormous: extremely large - มหาศาล
  • hit the rocks (idiom): to have difficulties and be likely to fail - มีปัญหาและมีแนวโน้มที่จะล้มเหลว
  • in charge of: to be in a position of having control over somebody/something; having responsibility for somebody/something - ดูแล, รับผิดชอบ
  • in place: prepared and ready to use - เข้าที่, อยู่ในที่
  • lese majeste: the crime of offending, threatening or showing disrespect for a member of the royal family - หมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ
  • measures (noun): actions taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • on the drawing board (idiom): being planned - กำลังวางแผนอยู่
  • participation: to take part in or become involved in an activity - การมีส่วน
  • prevent (verb): to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, ป้องกัน, กัน, กีดขวาง
  • provide: to cause something to exist or be available - ให้
  • refusal: an act of saying or showing that you will not do, give or accept something - คำปฏิเสธ, การปฏิเสธ
  • refuse: to say you not want something that has been offered to you - ปฏิเสธ
  • release: to make known to the public - เปิดเผย, ให้ข่าว, ปล่อยข่าว
  • respond: to say something as a reaction to something that has been said - ตอบ
  • senior: with a high rank or position - อาวุโส
  • solve (verb): to successfully deal with a problem or difficult situation; to find out who is responsible for a crime - แก้ปัญหา, คลี่คลาย, หาคำตอบ
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
  • statement: something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion - แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง
  • supposed: believed to be; thought to be - เป็นที่เชื่อว่า
  • transnational: involving more than one country; present in more than one country - ข้ามชาติ
  • violate: to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement - ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด
  • violation: an action that is against a law, agreement, principle, etc. - การฝ่าฝืน
  • yet to: not yet - ยังไม่ได้
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