Friday, July 9, 2010

Facebook Being Blocked In Cambodia?

Thursday, 08 July 2010
By Tharum Bun
Eurasia Review

Cambodian Internet users today confirmed they're unable to access world's popular social networking site Facebook. The inaccessibility happens to subscribers of Metfone, which is owned by the Vietnamese military subsidiary Viettel.

Users get a message of 'Request timed out' when a user tries by pinging, despite the connection being configured to use Google DNS or Open DNS. However, using freely available web proxies along with OpenDNS to access the site works.

According to Facebookers, a site that provides information about Facebook users, there are currently nearly 10,000 in Cambodia using the site every day.

Currently, other ISPs are not affected by this issue. Metfone users have to go through Facebook site via this IP address:, while those with WiCam access the site via

Late last year, bloggers in Vietnam reported on the issue when many leading Internet Service Providers began blocking Facebook. Vietnamese blogger Huy Zing detailed in his blog post, FAQ on Vietnam block of Facebook.

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