Facebook Opens 'Secret' Bangkok Office

BANGKOK — Facebook Inc. opened its first office yesterday in Thailand, home to some of its most dedicated users in the region, as the social network company expands its footprint in Asia.

More than 34 million people in Thailand log into Facebook's 1.5-billion user network each month, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote on her Facebook page.

As for the office's location in the Thai capital: That's yet to be made public.

Thai Facebook users are some of the most engaged, Sandberg wrote, posting online three times more than the global average.

Although access to Facebook and other social media is unrestricted in Thailand, officials have at various times threatened to limit access or shut it down entirely.

Days after the military seized power in the May 2014 coup d'etat, Facebook was briefly blocked. A month later, its Norwegian parent company behind Thailand's No. 2 telecom provider, DTAC, acknowledged it shut down access at the order of the military junta.

Facebook is blocked out of China, the world's largest Internet market, but still experiences its fastest growth in Asia at 57 percent.

Story: Reuters / Yasmeen Abutaleb / Khaosod English

 

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