Facebook safe: government

Got cited in the Phnom Penh Post again!

Link to the story: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/facebook-safe-government

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Kounila Keo, a prominent blogger and media consultant in Cambodia, said banning Facebook would certainly affect Cambodia’s political landscape – but only for as long as it took for people to find their way past the filters.

“No matter how many times [Facebook] has been banned in Vietnam, people have still found ways to go back,” she said.

The site itself was a hugely effective tool for spreading information and a medium the opposition had successfully tapped in to during its campaign, Kounila added.

“Raw, unedited, uncensored videos [and] information have been posted timely by people who don’t fear or can remain anonymous,” she said.

The CNRP “capitalised on social media to draw popularity and support on Facebook [and] organised meet-ups and more.”

During the election period and the time since, Kounila added, Facebook users had continued their discussions without fear or restriction, something “unprecedented in Cambodia”.

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