Papua New Guinea’s proposed Facebook ban is more about control


Last week, Papua New Guinea made international headlines when its government said it would consider banning Facebook for a month.

Announced by the country’s communications minister Sam Basil on Jun. 29, the department and its National Research Institute would be tasked to understand how Papua New Guineans were using Facebook — but not everyone’s convinced it’s this straightforward.

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“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,” Basil said, according to the Post Courier. Read more…

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