A cabinet minister in the O’Neill / Dion government is calling for the responsible authorities to regulate the use of social media in Papua New Guinea, according to the PNG Post-Courier.
Petroleum and Energy Minister Nixon Duban (pictured) said the National Executive Council made a decision last year for a regulatory policy for social media regulation. However, the policy has not materialised 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.
Mr Duban 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.
Mr Duban said it is incumbent on us to ensure there are regulations in place to combat such cybercrime and predatory schemes like pornography, human smuggling, gambling and intellectual property theft (copyright).
He said unless a serious effort is made by the proper authorities including the national security agencies, a small and developing country like PNG could be overwhelmed by social media.