Meta rejects own board’s request to suspend account of Cambodian strongman

Social media giant Meta is rejecting a recommendation made by its own Oversight Board to suspend Cambodian leader Hun Sen’s Facebook account for inciting violence.


The Oversight Board, created by Meta to adjudicate difficult content decisions, asked the company in June to suspend the account of then-Prime Minister Hun Sen based on a video he posted earlier this year where he threatened to “beat up” opponents, “send gangsters” to their homes and “arrest a traitor with sufficient evidence at midnight.”

News of the board’s recommendation, which marked the first time it had asked for a head of government to be banned from Meta’s platforms, prompted Hun Sen to publicly quit Facebook and threaten a countrywide ban of it.

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