Cambodia Bars Members of Meta’s Oversight Board From Entering the Country

The announcement followed Meta’s decision to suspend Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Facebook account for breaches of its policies on violence and incitement.

Cambodia’s government has declared 22 members of Meta’s Oversight Board personae non gratae, after the social media platform suspended the Facebook account of Prime Minister Hun Sen over breaches of its policy on violence and incitement.


In a decision released last week, the Oversight Board, a panel of independent experts contracted by the U.S. tech giant to rule on sensitive moderation issues, called for the Cambodian leader’s busy account to be suspended for six months over a livestreamed speech in which he threatened his opponents with violence. Meta followed through by suspending the account the following day, prompting Hun Sen to deactivate his account and announce a face-saving migration to Telegram and TikTok.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the Oversight Board’s recommendation as “political in nature.”

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