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Pacific nations out to limit Facebook political chatter

Papua New Guinea and Samoa propose blocks on the social network

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In the South Pacific, ordinary citizens have been expected to remain on the sidelines of decision-making, but Facebook is changing that, much to the consternation of the political elite.   © Reuters

AUCKLAND -- There is little chance Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will turn up in Papua New Guinea, Samoa or Fiji to defend his company's handling of political issues the way he recently did in Washington and Brussels. Yet South Pacific leaders see Facebook as an even greater social threat than do their Western peers and are not waiting on Facebook to address their concerns.

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