Canberra: The government of the Solomon Islands has decided to ban social media giant Facebook in the country following ‘excessive’ criticism of the authorities on the platform, reported local media on Tuesday.
Communication and Civil Aviation Minister Peter Shanel Agovaka said that this measure had to be taken due to “gross insults and slander” against members of the government, including Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, on Facebook.
He felt that a temporary ban is necessary, since the Pacific state does not have a regulatory framework for governing the world’s largest social network.
“The government is still in discussion with the operators to work out how this can be done. The operators shall need to establish a firewall to block Facebook”, Agovaka said, as cited by the Solomon Times newspaper.
Agovaka reassured that despite a ban on Facebook, the media should not be concerned, as there would still be freedom of the press and media organizations would be able to function normally.
Solomon Islands would become only the fourth Nation in the world to ban Facebook, other three being -China, Iran and North Korea.