Papua New Guinea to shutdown Facebook for a month2018-05-29 11:26 by Daniela
Papua New Guinea is banning Facebook for one month in order to research the social network's effects on the population and to crack down on fake accounts.
"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," Sam Basil, the country's communication minister told the Post Courier newspaper in Papua New Guinea. "This will allow genuine people with real identities to use the social network responsibly."
The move comes as Facebook is facing criticism from users and lawmakers worldwide over its handling of user data, including a revelation that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly obtained data on at least 87 million Facebook users.
What's unclear is how exactly Facebook's data will be accessed by the government. Basil says the aim is to "fully enforce the Cyber Crime Act" which was passed back in 2016. It seems unlikely Facebook will be willing to share more than standard analysis already allows. PNG has a population of over eight million people, which it would be difficult to filter through and match to individual Facebook accounts in just one month.
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