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Solomon Islands Ban Facebook for "National Unity"

Suzy Woltmann Suzy Woltmann
24th November 2020
Solomon Islands Ban Facebook for "National Unity"
It is the fifth country to ban Facebook (Getty Images).

The Claim

The government of the Solomon Islands has decided to ban social media platform Facebook.

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The claim went viral in November 2020.

Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar’s investigation found that the claim is true. The government of the Solomon Islands said that they plan to ban Facebook for the purpose of “national unity.”

Naming concerns about cyber bullying, fake news, and defamation, Solomon Island officials said that the platform has been “grossly abused” amongst its populace.

However, some believe that the ban violates free speech and is actually an attempt to block criticism of the government.

Minister of Communications Peter Shanel Agovaka said: “Coming with freedom of expression and freedom of the media is a lot of responsibility. You don't just go out and say things out of the ordinary to your neighbors. It’s about using it wisely, communicate, share information and so on, and not to abuse people.”

Facebook has also been banned in China, Iran, North Korea and Syria.

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