Meta Watchdog Calls for Suspension of Cambodian Leader’s Facebook Account

The firm’s independent Oversight Board said that a January speech by PM Hun Sen, in which he threatened to “beat up” his opponents, violated its policy on violence and incitement.

An oversight board at Facebook’s parent company Meta has recommended that the social media platform suspend accounts belonging to Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, over a livestreamed speech in which he threatened his opponents with violence.

The speech in question took place at a road construction ceremony in January, when the 70-year-old Cambodian leader attacked opposition politicians who accused his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of stealing votes. Like all of Hun Sen’s frequent rambling public addresses, his comments were live-streamed on Facebook Live and remained online as a video.

“There are only two options: one is using legal action, the other is using sticks… What do you want?” he said, according to Agence France-Presse. “Either you face legal action in court or I rally CPP people for a demonstration and beat you guys up.”

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