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Facebook blacks out ads in Thailand out of respect for late king

In an unusual show of respect for Thailand's fallen leader, Facebook has opted to block all ads in the country for an undetermined length of time. The social network said the move is in observance of a "cultural custom" as the nation mourns the late Thai King, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died Thursday at the age of 88. "Thailand is in a period of mourning due to the death of the King and removal of ads is a cultural custom," a spokesperson wrote to advertisers in a blog post.
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