Papua New Guinea Bans Facebook For A Month

News from Papua New Guinea says the country's government plans to bans the use of Facebook for a month. The reason behind the ban according to sources, is to crack down on “fake users” as well as study the effects the website is having on the population.


Making the announcement, the country's communication minister, Sam Basil revealed that they plans to investigate those using the platform and how what they are using it for. In his word;
The time will allow information to be collected to identify users that hide behind fake accounts, users that upload pornographic images, users that post false and misleading information on Facebook to be filtered and removed. This will allow genuine people with real identities to use the social network responsibly.
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Basil referred journalist to the Cambridge Analytica saga where personal information of millions of users was leaked. He said with such security breach, the country is checking to see what information are shared by its citizens. He also revealed that the country's government may consider creating a new social network site for its citizens if they find Facebook to be a threat. 
The national government, swept along by IT globalisation, never really had the chance to ascertain the advantages or disadvantages [of Facebook] – and even educate and provide guidance on use of social networks like Facebook to PNG users.
The two cases involving Facebook show us the vulnerabilities that Papua New Guinean citizens and residents on their personal data and exchanges when using this social network. We can also look at the possibility of creating a new social network site for PNG citizens to use with genuine profiles as well. If there need be then we can gather our local applications developers to create a site that is more conducive for Papua New Guineans to communicate within the country and abroad as well.
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Basil said the risks and vulnerabilities of Facebook were wider than the potential threat of data breaches. he said there is a possibility of Facebook acting as an unchecked advertising platform, a threat to people’s productivity – especially among children and employees – and wider issues of cyber-security.

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