Translated from Faa-Samoa. Police Commissioner, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo, firmly stated the stance of the Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services, regarding allegations made and widely shared by individuals hiding behind fake online pages.
“We will not accept any information from fake (social media) pages.”
The Police Commissioner expressed concerns about people making allegations and defaming others while hiding behind fake social media pages, adding that some are using these pages to attack Police.
“Its been seen that supporters of different political parties have used these fake pages to attack each other.”
“Some pages have been used to criticise the Ministry of Police, by making allegations and deciding the outcome of cases that are still under investigation.”
“We (Samoa Police) are still looking into various allegations, but we remind the public not to forget that the law exists to protect individuals being defamed and falsely accused through online attacks and cyber bullying..”
Many anonymous and fake social media pages have been known to use strong and foul language to make unproven, but very serious, accusations against members of the public.
One such page has recently gained fame for stating that the wife of the late Vaele Paiaaua Iona Sekuini, had come forward to say that the late MP for Gagaifomauga 2, had caused the death of a teenager in a hit-and-run incident at Vaitele in 2021.
The page claims the wife of the former Associate Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries, confessed her husband’s crime to the Police.
Auapaau has dismissed the information as false and misleading.
“Don’t forget, even though there is freedom of speech, there are also laws in place against making false accusations against others, especially if there is reputation damage..”
“You will be punished by the law if you spread wrong information, or make false accusations to defame another person. Especially if your accusations are baseless.”