Jun 30, 2023

Cambodia PM leaves Facebook after posts ruled violent

Cambodia's leader Hun Sen has quit Facebook after its oversight board recommended he be suspended from the platform for six months. Hun Sen was a prolific Facebook user and his page had 14 million followers. "Given the severity of the violation, Hun Sen's history of committing human rights violations and intimidating political opponents, as well as his strategic use of social media to amplify such threats, the Board calls on Meta to immediately suspend Hun Sen's Facebook page and Instagram account for six months," the Board said in a statement. Soon after the Oversight Board's decision was announced, Hun Sen said that he had asked an assistant to delete his Facebook account. Hun Sen's exit from Facebook is his way of pre-empting the Meta board's suspension, says Sebastian Strangio, author of the book "Hun Sen's Cambodia".

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