Papua New Guinea Government to ban Facebook for a month to study impact on populace

Papua New Guinea is going to ban Facebook for a month to study its impact on the general populace and try to flush out "fake users".

The Government is going to use the ban to conduct research into how the social media platform is being used in the country, DPA news agency reports Sam Basil, minister for communications, told the local Post Courier newspaper.

"This will allow genuine people with real identities to use the social network responsibly," Mr Basil said.

"We cannot allow the abuse of Facebook to continue in the country."

Facebook has been the focus of serious scrutiny for many governments after it was revealed the platform had leaked personal data of tens of millions of users to British company, Cambridge Analytica.

Mr Basil also outlined an ambitious plan that may be put in place after the study.

"We can also look at the possibility of creating a new social network site for PNG citizens to use with genuine profiles as well," he said.

DPA reports that the exact date for the ban has not been announced.

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Facebook app on smartphone (File picture). Source: istock.com



Ivanka Trump slammed for 'tone deaf' photo with son, amid outrage over US Government's 1500 'missing' migrant kids

A seemingly innocuous Twitter post from Ivanka Trump, featuring a picture of her holding up her young son, has caused outrage online due to it's controversial timing.

Ivanka posted the image to Twitter yesterday with the caption "My ♥! #SundayMorning" but the post was quickly derided by other users for appearing online just as outrage was peaking over her father's policy to separate the children of undocumented migrants from their parents.

The post currently has over 25,000 comments, many attacking her for being "tone deaf" over US President Donald Trump's policy.

"Isn't it just the best to snuggle your little one — knowing exactly where they are, safe in your arms? It's the best. The BEST. Right, Ivanka? Right?" comedian Patton Oswalt replied on her tweet.

"This is so unbelievably tone deaf, given that public outrage is growing over young kids being forcibly ripped from the arms of their parents at the border — a barbaric policy that Ivanka Trump is complicit in supporting," said Brian Klaas, a political scientist at the London School of Economics.

The timing of the photo was also called into question after news that nearly 1500 children have been "lost" by the US Government, sparking a #Wherearethechildren movement to be started and supported by many celebrities including Jim Carrey and Mia Farrow.

In 2013 US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) started placing children who had come across the border from Mexico with adult sponsors in the US. In total, according to the Washington Post, over 7000 kids were placed with sponsors, but in follow up calls late last over 1400 couldn't be located, with some reportedly being sold into the sex trade, news.com.au reports.

Ivanka Trump has left the controversial post on Twitter and is yet to comment on the backlash.

Ivanka Trump received backlash for the perceived bad timing of this Twitter pic. Source: Twitter


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Auckland man organised for best mate on the Gold Coast to be brutally bashed, burnt after he was killed, court told

Gold Coast dad Greg Dufty's best mate organised for him to be brutally bashed and then callously burnt his body after he died.

Aaron John Crawford, from Auckland, is being sentenced for the manslaughter of the pool builder in July 2015 and then interfering with his corpse.

He pleaded guilty to the charges yesterday, alongside Lionel Patea, who admitted murdering Mr Dufty, and his brother Nelson Patea, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

During sentencing in the Brisbane Supreme Court today, the court heard Lionel Patea would spend at least 30 years behind bars for killing Mr Dufty and Patea's former partner Tara Brown two months later.

He was sentenced for that offence in February 2017.

Crown prosecutor Glen Cash QC said Crawford had a cannabis crop in NSW, of which Mr Dufty was also involved.

Mr Cash said Crawford organised for his friend to be beaten after he stole some of the marijuana and took it up to Cairns to be sold.

"It seems it was intended to settle a debt which amounted to $17,000," he said.

The court heard Crawford took Mr Dufty to a secluded location on the night of July 6, where they were met by the Patea brothers and a group of other men.

Lionel Patea hit him in the back of the head with a 40cm spanner.

When he fell to the ground the gang continued to kick and assault him until he was unconscious.

The court heard Mr Dufty was handcuffed and put into his friend's vehicle.

Crawford tried to wake him in a nearby truck yard but, when he realised he was dead, put his body into the back of his truck and drove to the NSW property.

Mr Cash said trees had recently been cleared and there was a pile of timber ready to be set alight.

"Mr Dufty's remains were burnt to the point where there was nothing left to be found," he said.

The sentence continues.

Prisoner in jail cell. Source: 1 NEWS