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POST TIME: 10 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Cambodia FB feud hits California courts
BBC

Cambodia FB feud hits California courts

London: Lawyers for exiled Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy have filed legal action against Facebook, in a case that highlights how the quest for “likes” has gripped the small Southeast Asian country’s leading politicians, reports BBC. The petition in US federal courts asks the social media giant to disclose information related to the popularity of the Facebook page of Sam Rainsy’s rival, Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose Facebook page ranked third in global engagement among world leaders, according to public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.

The petition accuses Hun Sen of using state money to buy Facebook ads and says he levelled death threats against Rainsy in violation of the platform’s policies, including a speech posted to his page last week vowing to attack opposition members with rocket launchers.

“Facebook should act to prevent its platform being manipulated to help prop up dictators,” said Rainsy’s lawyer, Richard Rogers, a partner in the London and Paris-based firm Global Diligence. Rainsy, who has lived in Paris since November 2015 in the face of a slew of court cases, accuses Hun Sen of purchasing support in countries such as India and the Philippines, where the prime minister’s page is popular and which are home to “click farms” that produce fake followers for social media accounts.