The communications minister of Papua New Guinea has said that his government is planning to ban Facebook for a month to measure its impact on the population. But the main idea of the government is promoting creation of a new state-run social network. This was announced on Tuesday and here are some of the main details shared by the minister:
“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,” Mr Basil said.
“The Act has already been passed, so what I’m trying to do is to ensure the law is enforced accordingly where perpetrators can be identified and charged accordingly. We cannot allow the abuse of Facebook to continue in the country.
“I will now work closely with the Police for them to be properly trained and informed to fully enforce the Cyber Crime Act.”
Mr Basil said the positives of the social network were there for the people to embrace.
“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,” he said.
Mr Basil said that a time had not been set as yet to implement the options but he would advise depending on assessment of the usage of the site over time.
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