By Azania Post Reporter
VARIOUS allegations have been leveled against Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen including cooked Facebook statistics.
According to Reuters, the PM is allegedly paying for false facebook ‘likes’ to mislead voters about his support.
Speaking the former opposition leader Sam Rainsy described the PM as rival crazy and stupid over his petition to try to get Facebook to release details of the way the Southeast Asian country’s ruler has used social media.
Rainsy’s legal team filed the lawsuit in California last week, saying that Hun Sen was using the platform to commit human rights abuses and deceive the electorate.
“This person is crazy and stupid,” Hun Sen told thousands of university graduates in the capital Phnom Penh, saying Rainsy was just jealous because his official Facebook page had 9.4 million “likes” to only 4.5 million for Sam Rainsy‘s.
Hun Sen said he had no idea who had liked his own page.
The case has drawn notice to the central role of Facebook in political discussion in Cambodia, where the government has shut the main opposition party, arrested its boss and cracked down on media and civil rights groups over the past year.
Sam Rainsy’s petition against Facebook said the platform had been used by the government to make death threats and alleged that state money had been spent in advertising on Facebook, where Hun Sen’s backers have built a strong presence.
Facebook’s public relations department has not responded to Reuters requests for comment on the case.