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Probe launched against FB pages impersonating PM

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Ministries are conducting a joint investigation to identify persons behind Facebook pages which used the name of the prime minister. The investigation was launched after the users posted what the government deemed as misinformative content that seeks to sow public dissent against the government.

The investigation sees the collaboration of the Ministries of Information; Interior and Posts and Telecommunications to take down Facebook pages which use the name of the premier and his pictures, said Information Ministry spokesman Meas Sophorn.

“So far, we have found some of these pages and our working groups are looking for more,” he said as he declined to say the specific number of fake accounts found. “We are verifying the information they have posted using the accounts. Of course, they already made the mistake of using the picture of the nation’s leader.”

Lieutenant General Chea Pov, director of the National Police’s Cybercrime Department, said yesterday officials are working to identify the creators of the Facebook pages, noting the culprits may not even be in Cambodia.

“Those who are in the Kingdom would not dare impersonate the prime minister because they love him,” said Lt Gen Pov.

Im Vuth, the spokesman of the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia, said yesterday at least 30 Facebook pages have been found impersonating Mr Hun Sen.

“To use the picture of Samdech [Hun Sen] and post information under his name is already considered as offences,” said Mr Vuth.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the premier asked relevant authorities to take action against individuals who have impersonated him on the social media platform.

“The official ‘Prime Minister Hun Sen’ page has a blue tick mark, to signify that it has been verified by Facebook itself. Other pages [which bear my name and picture] are all fake,” he said. The prime minister noted these pages have been posting lies and unfounded information under his name, which he said has seriously affected his honour and dignity.

Finally, Mr Hun Sen called on the public’s participation in stopping the spread of fake news, which has been creating doubt and confusion in the society.

 

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