Cabinet Minister Calls for Social Media Regulation
A cabinet minister in the O’Neil /Dion government is calling for the responsible authorities to regulate the use of social media in Papua New Guinea (PNG), according to the Post Courier.
Petroleum and Energy Minister, Nixon Duban, said the National Executive Council (NEC) made a decision last year for a regulatory policy for social media regulation. However, the policy has not materialized and he is now questioning why it is taking so long.
He said while the country and her citizens enjoy the ideals of democracy, persons with political inclinations and opportunists are abusing these rights. He said there were serious instances on social media where people were opening fake accounts to raise dangerously critical and defamatory allegations against leaders.
He added that it is unfair for leaders to be publicly tried by misfits who feed of the social media world.
Duban said it is incumbent on us to ensure there are regulations in place to combat such cyber-crimes and predatory schemes like pornography, human smuggling, gambling, intellectual property thefts (copyright) and so on.
He said unless serious effort are done by the proper authorities including the national security agencies, a small and developing country like ours could be overwhelmed by social media.