Statement from the Government of Nauru – Re: Facebook

In 2015 the Government put in place a temporary restriction on Facebook due to ongoing exploitation of women and children on the site. No other social media platforms were restricted.

This decision received some criticism from international media and the then Nauruan opposition, however the Government stood firm in our commitment to protect vulnerable people from those with wrong and malicious intentions.

Since then Parliament has passed strict cyber security legislation to ensure that our laws are consistent with current online risks, something that was not previously addressed. We also developed programs to increase community awareness, education and victim support.

With these safety mechanisms now in place to protect our community, Cabinet has decided to lift the temporary restriction on Facebook, effective immediately.

Since the election of the Waqa Government in 2013 we have made many reforms that have created a safer nation and a stronger and more transparent justice system.

Along with economic and cultural reforms, Nauruans can be confident that their government is building a more prosperous, resilient, and successful nation with a positive and optimistic future.