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.”