Police call for social media users to fill void
Papua New Guinea’s Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, has called on social media users to become reliable sources of information in areas where there is no security presence during the elections, The National reports.
Commissioner Baki said Facebook users posting reliable information of undue and undesirable influences by people who would want to disturb the peace would be very much appreciated. He said:
Because my job is to ensure a safe and free election, I appeal to people to report accurately.
Baki also said social media had the potential to destroy the country with the type of information people were giving out. He appealed to social media commentators to report accurately and factually to give everyone the opportunity to know what is happening around the country.
So my appeal is for them to report accurately and factual reports so the every Papua New Guinean has an opportunity to know what is actually happening around the country.
He said those who were inciting fear on social media were only creating problems for security forces.
He said it was difficult to monitor social media and people had a right to go and report matters.