Ministry Calls for Action Against Virus Misinformation Spread Online

The Information Ministry has appealed to authorities to take unspecified legal action against Facebook accounts that post false information, or “fake news,” about the respiratory disease Covid-19, which has spread to more than 60 nations.

The ministry request was made on Sunday after posts from several Facebook accounts claimed that foreigners had died in Cambodia due to Covid-19 infections, which the government said was not true.

The ministry said in a statement that authorities should take legal action and reject “false information” posted on seven Facebook accounts, identified by the names Sdam Husen, Sovannara Som, Koun Neak Akhoengsa Sva.r, Samlengpolakorchangbankaphlaspdo, Soem Sophea, Ah Song Ha and Rithyvong Long.

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