Cambodian PM Hun Sen switches social media loyalty from Facebook to Telegram in face of potential ban

The long-serving prime minister said he will no longer upload to Facebook where he has 14 million followers.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, a devoted and very active user of Facebook – on which he has posted everything from photos of his grandchildren to threats against his political enemies – said on Wednesday that he will no longer upload to the platform and will instead depend on the Telegram app to get his message across.

Telegram is a popular messaging app that also has a blogging tool called “channels.”

In Russia and some of the neighbouring countries, it is actively used both by government officials and opposition activists for communicating with mass audiences. Telegram played an important role in coordinating unprecedented anti-government protests in Belarus in 2020, and currently serves as a major source of news about Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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