Solomon Islands Cabinet Passes Ban On Facebook

Minister Agovaka told Solomon Times Online (STO) that this ban was made because of the controversial issues raised via Facebook.
17 Nov 2020 11:13
Solomon Islands Cabinet Passes Ban On Facebook

Cabinet has agreed to ban the world’s biggest social networking site, Facebook, in Solomon Islands, as reported by Solomon Times.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Communication and Civil Aviation Minister Peter Shanel Agovaka brought the submission for the ban of Facebook to Cabinet.

Minister Agovaka told Solomon Times Online (STO) that this ban was made because of the controversial issues raised via Facebook.

“Abusive languages against Ministers, Prime Minister, character assassination, defamation of character, all these are issues of concerns,” Minister Agovaka told Solomon Times.

He says there were concerns that there are also no laws or regulations on Facebook thus the need for such a ban.

“The use of the internet now in Solomon Islands needs to be properly regulated to safeguard our young people from harmful content. At the moment there is no legislation to govern the use of the internet and even young kids can be able to download harmful stuff from the internet,” Minister Agovaka, reported by Solomon Times.

He says this is in addition to the controversial issues raised via Facebook.

However he says the media should not have any cause for concern as there will still be freedom of the press.

He says media organisations will continue to operate as normal except for the closure of Facebook.

Most media organisations are now utilising Facebook as a means to also disseminate information to the public. The office of the Prime Minister also does a live video stream of his national address via Facebook to reach a wider audience.

As reported by Solomon Times, Minister Agovaka said the government is still in discussion with the operators to work out how this can be done.

He said that the operators shall need to establish a firewall to block Facebook.


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