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Cambodia launches new messaging app, approved by Senate Speaker Hun Sen

Cambodia launches new messaging app, approved by Senate Speaker Hun Sen

Cambodian-run messaging platform CoolApp ended its first week on app stores with the endorsement of Senate Speaker and former Prime Minister Hun Sen. In a letter to Facebook followers on June 28, Hun Sen expressed his pride in the app and an appeal was made to civil servants and the armed forces to use CoolApp to ensure that the “difficult for foreigners to interfere with our information.” The Standing Committee of the Central Youth Committee of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) responded on June 6 by issuing instructions to CPP youth to use CoolApp to disseminate information and reports to the Central Youth Committee.

CoolApp bills itself as an end-to-end encrypted messaging and social media platform, built to the standards of and as an alternative to similar platforms from other countries, such as WhatsApp, Telegram or WeChat. Its CEO, Lim Cheavutha, started his career at Deum Ampil News, an outlet widely seen as pro-CPP, before setting up his own newsroom from a similar belief.

Since the launch of CoolApp on June 21, it has Downloaded 200,000 times, according to FreshNews, the site also founded by Lim.