Prime Minister Hun Sen‘s daughter Hun Mana claimed on Saturday that someone had opened a Facebook account in her name and requested the immediate removal of the account by its creator.
In a statement published by Khmer-language daily newspaper Kampuchea Thmey, Hun Mana, who owns the newspaper, thanked the creator for comments about her work as a “humanitarian activist” but requested that the account be removed.
“I appeal to whoever created the Facebook account to remove it, because it is not mine,” Hun Mana said in the statement. “I do not have a Facebook account.”
The 30-year-old added that her father, Hun Sen, also is not on Facebook but that someone has created an account in his name as well.
A screenshot on Kampuchea Thmey’s website shows that the account in Hun Mana’s name currently boasts 627 Facebook “friends”, while an account in Hun Sen’s name has netted 4,961.
Ministry of Information Cabinet Chief Chhum Socheath said yesterday that it was not appropriate for people to create Facebook accounts in the names of others.
“If people love technology, they should not use technology to affect someone, especially leaders,” he said.
“They should use their own name to avoid damaging someone’s honour,” he added, noting that people who create fake accounts sometimes use “bad pictures”.