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Fake news alert as Hun Sen’s Facebook page hacked

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
The Prime Minister urges social media users to fight fake news. KT/Khem Sovannara

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called on everyone to fight against fake news, saying someone was trying to spread false information to destroy Cambodian society.

His call came after his Facebook account was allegedly hacked on Monday with a message that the social media platform would soon be blocked in the kingdom.

“I thank all of you who have paid attention to prevent fake news that an anonymous person is trying to spread in order to destroy our society,” Mr Hun Sen posted on his Facebook page.

He said he wanted Cambodia to become developed in information technology which was needed in society, commerce and e-government.

“I support the development of faster internet and more free wi-fi in our country,” he said.

He had encouraged and supported people learning skills, especially information technology as an advantage for the nation.

He then thanked Facebook for helping restore his account and thanked everyone for sharing good news about Cambodia.

National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun said experts were trying to identify the person who hacked Mr Hun Sen’s Facebook page.

Information Ministry spokesman Meas Sophorn said all stakeholders needed to join together to prevent false information from getting out.

“We have to join together to prevent fake news,” he said.

“For example, if there is fake news about any institution, they need to verify it and explain to the public so that they understand that someone has provided exaggerated information,” Mr Sophnorn added. “The Information Ministry will clarify real news by responding to fake news.”

Mr Sophorn encouraged the public or institutions to file a complaint if they think someone spreading false information that would affect the dignity of people in these institutions.

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