18 Apr 2012

PNG blogger says social media fill information void

3:23 pm on 18 April 2012

A blogger in Papua New Guinea says social media is filling a void left by traditional media in the country.

A new report by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy says the number of people using social media, like Twitter and Facebook, is growing rapidly, though the region's leaders are notably absent.

The blogger, who doesn't want to be named, but uses the pseudonym Tavurvur online, says PNG's media has yet to adapt to the internet.

"Because PNG is quite limited in terms of, particularly media information, relayed in a timely and efficient manner, the use of social media has effectively filled that void, where we are now seeing lots of examples of social media, Twitter, Facebook, SMS texting via mobile phone, that are actually winning the war on reporting what's happening on the ground."

The PNG blogger, Tavurvur, says he thinks the use of social media in the country will continue to grow, and will have a huge impact on the upcoming election.