10 Dec 2018

Pacific should fight fake news - Samoa regulator

1:32 pm on 10 December 2018

Pacific Island countries should put more pressure on companies like Facebook to crack down on fake news, Samoa's internet regulator says.

Lefaoali'i Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti said she was concerned by the recent use of deceptive content, including in Fiji's November election.

Lefaoali'i, who chaired the Pacific Policy and Regulation Forum in Apia last month, said governments should explore all options to fight fake news.

The Pacific should follow moves by the European Parliament to curb Facebook's powers, she said.

"It's time for us to reach in to do the same approach, put pressure on them. And at the same time we should do more awareness programmes on social media so that people make decisions about what to read and what to trust and what to share on social media," Lefaoali'i said.

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