Feb 8, 2018

Cambodia Facebook feud hits California courts

The petition in US federal courts asks the social media giant to disclose information related to the popularity of the Facebook page of Sam Rainsy's rival, Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose Facebook page ranked third in global engagement among world leaders, according to public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. The filing in Northern District of California federal court asks Facebook to disclose information about the authenticity of Hun Sen's likes, according to Mr Rogers. Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for 33 years, adopted Facebook with gusto in the aftermath of his Cambodian People's Party's near-upset at the hands of Mr Rainsy's opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party in the 2013 national elections. About 45% of Hun Sen's Facebook followers have accounts in Cambodia, according to social media monitoring site Socialbakers.com, compared with almost 80% of Rainsy's followers and 90% for Hun Sen's eldest son, Hun Manet. Huy Vannak, an undersecretary of state for Cambodia's Ministry of Interior and head of a pro-government journalists union, refused to comment on Rainsy's Facebook case beyond calling it "Stupid" and defending restrictions on free speech on Facebook.

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