Solomon Islands Cabinet Passes Ban on Facebook

Cabinet has agreed to ban the world’s biggest social networking site, Facebook, in Solomon Islands.

Said to be a temporary measure the submission for the ban on Facebook was said to be brought to Cabinet by the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Communication and Civil Aviation Minister Peter Shanel Agovaka.

Minister Agovaka told Solomon Times Online (STO) that this temporary ban was made because of the controversial issues raised via Facebook.

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