Why Parliament's Facebook live stopped

By Mata'afa Keni Lesa 19 August 2020, 9:30PM

The Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly (O.C.L.A.) has explained the reason behind the mysterious disappearance of Parliament’s live Facebook feed on Tuesday.

A day after the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Tiatia Graeme Tualaulelei, said he was unaware that Parliament’s Facebook livestream was not on air, the O.C.L.A. in a statement has confirmed it has put a stop to it.

“The new initiative by the Office of the Legislative Assembly is its effort to stop and dampen unpleasant and discourteous comments made towards Members of Parliament during its live proceedings on Facebook which exemplifies a breach of respect towards leaders of our country,” a statement issued by O.C.L.A. late on Wednesday night said.

“The Office wishes to clarify that the initial purpose of its live feed is so that all our citizens here and abroad have access to Parliament proceedings.

“However due to receiving numerous spiteful comments made towards Members of Parliament on Facebook, it is our duty to protect the integrity of Parliament and Members thus the new initiative to install its live feed with Youtube.”

The Office is confident that the Youtube will be more beneficial for Samoans.

“We are assured that its live feed with Youtube is more secure and the best solution and way forward for its outreach purposes.”

The ceasing of Parliament’s Facebook livestream feed comes at a time when Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has threatened to ban the popular social media site from Samoa.





By Mata'afa Keni Lesa 19 August 2020, 9:30PM

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