Cambodia expands monitoring of ‘fake news’

Concern over censorship as TikTok, WhatsApp, Telegram and Messenger are added to a watch list of social apps.

Cambodia’s Information Ministry is expanding its monitoring of social media posts to include closed-source platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram and Messenger and has added TikTok to the list of open-source platforms alongside Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Director-general of information and broadcasting Phos Sovann said the government was concerned about posts regarding Covid-19 and vaccines but added there had been no concerns regarding fake news so far this year.

Despite this, closed-source mainstream social media platforms, including Telegram, WhatsApp and Messenger, that share information as groups or individuals are to be monitored for fake news that is also actively shared on these platforms, he told the government-friendly Khmer Times.

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