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NICTA to investigate and arrest abusers of Social Media in PNG

PNG’s National Information and Communications  Authority (NICTA) has been instructed  to identify and prosecute people spreading false rumours, misleading information and attacking people infected in Coronavirus on social media especially on Facebook.

Two officers of the government telecommunications company  are under investigation and could become the first to be “taught a lesson” as an example to others who think using a false name will protect their identity

Information and Communications Minister Timothy Masiu gave the instructions this morning following a warning by the SOE Controller David Manning -  that persons giving false and misleading information on social media are breaking the law and orders of the State of Emergency and will be arrested.

In a statement this morning Minister Masiu says there is substantial increase in the abuse of social media during this time and he warns that the government will not hesitate to use the laws to identify and arrest people who deliberately use social media to mislead, create disharmony and leak confidential government information or disseminate false information

NICTA has been also instructed with mobile operators in the country and with Facebook to manage these abuses.

“We do not want to restrict freedom of speech, however we would like to emphasis on responsibility in what we make public and also in expression of views when we are facing a situation” he said.

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