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Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa say they hope recent arrests will deter others from using social media to commit crimes. Police said two youths were in custody facing assault charges following an ambush which used Facebook to lure their victim. The use of social media to instigate violence reflected...
Malele Paulo Atofu, known on social media as King Faipopo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan man Malele Atofu, also known on social media as King Faipopo, has been arrested and placed in police custody for the second time. His lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, said his client is facing new charges of making a defamatory post on Facebook. Unasa is accusing the police of abuse...
Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili with his family.
Apia, SAMOA — Three men in Samoa have been arrested and charged over the death of a civil engineer. Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili, 24, was employed by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure. He died in hospital on Wednesday after an incident outside an Apia night club in the early hours...
PNG's   Charles Punaha concerned about Facebook–Cambridge Analytica
Apia, SAMOA — Concerns about fake news and the impact of social media in the Pacific Islands are some of the challenges that authorities in the region have to address. Chairman of Policy and Regulation Forum for the Pacific, Charles Punaha, said this recently when discussing issues that will be...
Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has warned that Facebook and other social media platforms may soon be banned in the country. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told news media on Wednesday that it would be his government's last resort if bloggers using social media to attack government did not start...