Meta Rejects Recommendation to Suspend Former Cambodian PM From Facebook

The case has been widely seen as a test for how the social media company deals with hate speech and incitement by prominent public figures.

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has rejected a recommendation from its Oversight Board to suspend the account of former Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen for breaching its policy on incitement.

In June, the Oversight Board, a panel of independent experts, 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.

In a statement yesterday, however, Meta said a long-term suspension “would not be consistent” with its policies. “Upon assessing Hun Sen’s Facebook Page and Instagram account, we determined that suspending those accounts outside our regular enforcement framework would not be consistent with our policies, including our protocol on restricting accounts of public figures during civil unrest,” the company wrote.

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