Meta has rejected the recommendation from the Oversight Board, which proposed to suspend the Facebook account of former Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (who resigned last month) due to posting threatening videos against the opposition.
The incident occurred in January, when several users reported a video that specified Hun Sen, accusing the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of voter fraud in the 2021 local elections, should be legally prosecuted or face a beating from CPP supporters. In June, the Oversight Board recommended that Meta suspend Hun Sen’s account for six months based on the video’s violation of harassment guidelines, and Meta agreed to remove the video from the Facebook platform.
They will also consider the Oversight Board’s proposal to suspend Hun Sen‘s account. Lastly, on Monday, Meta announced its rejection of the proposal to suspend Hun Sen’s account, stating that
The company has considered that suspending an account beyond enforcement boundaries, which is inconsistent with our policies, including regulations on limiting public figures’ accounts during times of unrest.
The Oversight Board continues to demand that Meta refrain from allowing public figures to use the platform to incite violence and ensure it is not used inappropriately.