“ The Government is facing a new threat. It comes in the form of anonymous bloggers using fake names to attack senior Government leaders – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa – on Facebook and other social media sites. What do you think the Government should do? Would you support the Government regulating the use of social media sites – and to some extent blocking them altogether – like they do in China? Nefertiti Matatia asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:
Sam Masoli, 20
Sam Masoli, 20Aleisa
Facebook is really important since most of us we have relatives overseas and it always good to stay in touch. It is kind of like barter system, we give them something when they come here and in return they do the same when we go over and visit them. Staying in touch creates a strong bond, especially when you don’t see them every day. It is the users who are the cause of the many conflicts that everyone is now facing. I don’t agree with us following China, like they always say, don’t let one silly person ruin it for everyone else, or even change the whole situation and your own opinion on certain things. Whoever is responsible find them and hold them accountable for their own mistakes, not ban everyone from Facebook.
Norma Matatia, 37
Norma Matatia, 37Faatoia
There are benefits of Facebook, especially in marketing our products overseas. Putting Samoa on the map to attract tourists, which is both a win-win situation for both sides - the tourists having a great time and Samoa will also receive help in terms of development. But there is a downside to Facebook as well; people using it to their advantage to demean another person, so basically there should be some controls. This is the reason the Criminal Libel Law has been created, if the law has been enforced by the Government, then that is fine. There is a certain extent and people need to be held accountable for their actions, but I don’t know if following China would be a good idea.
Sanduxy Collins, 18
Sanduxy Collins, 18Fagaloa
Facebook has a good use and there is no doubt about that, but at the same time where ever there is good, there is evil. Having a page on Facebook keeps me updated with what is happening with my families who live overseas. The problem is that there are so many people who use Facebook for bad things. There are certain times when I feel that being on Facebook is not safe because of the many fake pages and the fights that happen and everyone is able to read it. Some people share it or comment and it just becomes bigger. I am not sure about what the Prime Minister wants to do, but I have also noticed on Facebook that he has a page as well.
Komisi Tau, 57
Komisi Tau, 57Nuu-Fou
Facebook is one of the killers out there. What good would it do when it causing so much fights and separation in a family? We may say that Samoa is a Christian country and they are founded on God but if we look at how our people has become and the way they speak to each other it does not make any sense. It has become a tool where a brother does not know the boundary between his own sisters. Whenever there is a fist fight between one person and the other, we would break it off and they would continue on batting on Facebook. Before you know it, the whole world knows your personal problems. Facebook was good in the start, now people are just going overboard with it. School brawls as well is caused by Facebook and they mostly argue and plan their ambush on Facebook. Having a solution is a bit too late. There must be a change for the sake of the new generation. So much gossip happening on Facebook, tiny and petty things happening to one person, then the third person would post it online. It has got to go in my opinion.