(SNO) – Can you do without Facebook for a whole month? Well, people in Papua New Guinea (PNG) – a country located in the southwestern Pacific, close to Australia – will soon have to do without the popular social network portal for a month.
According to a BBC report, that country’s government will ban the website for a month so it can identify fake profiles and users posting pornography and false information, as well as review the website’s effect on the country.
“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,” Communication Minister Sam Basil told the country’s Post-Courier.
The minister said the country is considering creating a rival to Facebook.
“We can also look at the possibility of creating a new social network site for PNG citizens to use with genuine profiles as well,” said Basil. “If need be then we can gather our local applications developers to create a site that is more conducive for Papua New Guineans to communicate within the country and abroad as well.”
Only about 10 percent of the Papa New Guinea population uses the internet but that country has strict cyber laws, the BBC reported.
The government plans to prosecute users who break the country’s 2016 cyber-crime laws.
As a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal Facebook has come under increased scrutiny, particularly how it deals with fake news.