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Papua New Guinea considers Facebook ban

Authorities in Papua New Guinea, or PNG, say Facebook has become a magnet for illegal and unsavory activity. The government is considering a temporary ban on the site while it works out the best way to regulate the social media platform.

Only about 10 per cent of the nearly 7 million people in PNG use Facebook, but some officials have become increasingly agitated by content being posted online.They have asked experts to help in their search for the best way to impose controls on the social media site.

PNG Communications minister, Sam Basil, says illegal use of Facebook must be curbed.

"Defamatory publications or the fake news, identity theft and, of course, unidentified Facebook users. Most of those users are the ones that are really breaching all the laws in terms of posting pornography materials and, of course, posting fake news," he said.

But critics believe the government's attempts to muzzle Facebook are an attack on free speech. They believe that ministers are motivated by a desire to silence those who expose official corruption and wrongdoing online.

Lawrence Stephens, the chairman of Transparency International PNG, says a temporary ban of Facebook would be a draconian move.

"To talk about stopping this for a month whilst someone, somewhere does an analysis of what we should be able to see sounds pretty authoritarian and pretty worrying," said Stephens.

The move to temporarily ban Facebook comes as PNG prepares to host the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, leaders' summit later this year.

PNG is a South Pacific nation and is Australia's closest neighbour.

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0 #1 gatashimana 2018-06-04 13:35
The world was much better when we used to get information through face to face interaction. It was better when punks didn't hide behind their gadgets.

It is technology that will destroy us if governments don't intervene. I always got angry when I learned that some Arab countries censored their TV content or social media but now it makes full sense.

If social media isn't used responsibly it can have some catastrophic consequences.

Too much freedom has intoxicated the masses who now believe that any government measure to bring sanity equates to oppression and or a violation of human rights. The noose needs tightened.
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0 #2 Edwin K 2018-06-04 15:50
Quoting gatashimana:
The world was much better when we used to get information through face to face interaction. It was better when punks didn't hide behind their gadgets.

It is technology that will destroy us if governments don't intervene. I always got angry when I learned that some Arab countries censored their TV content or social media but now it makes full sense.

If social media isn't used responsibly it can have some catastrophic consequences.

Too much freedom has intoxicated the masses who now believe that any government measure to bring sanity equates to oppression and or a violation of human rights. The noose needs tightened.


Do you work for Kagame, @ Gatishimanana?
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+1 #3 gatashimana 2018-06-04 21:17
Do you work for Kagame, @ Gatishimanana?

No Edwin. I can't work for any of these dirty governments. I just rationalize. Anything taken in too large of a dose becomes problematic.

We just need checks and balances and without such the world will go amok. Because no one is responsible anymore we don't know truth or fiction and bad people are taking advice of this gap.
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