The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League says the anonymity of social media is a big issue in the country, following the resignation of CEO Brad Tassell.
The PNGRFL board accepted Tassell's resignation at an emergency board meeting in Port Moresby on Wednesday.
Tassell said he was quitting because he's been the target of a constant and malicious campaign against him, including death threats.
PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka says social media is regularly used in Papua New Guinea as a vehicle to drive personal grudges and campaigns against individuals and organisations.
"It happens to everybody here in this country. You have to live in this country to know how the people in this country react to public office but Brad has done a lot for rugby league and the people of this country, in the four years he's been CEO, and we want to respect his decisions. What is more important to the PNGRFL board is not really to dwell on the past but to continue the good work that Brad and the team have started and to build on that and build rugby league".
Sandis Tsaka says the board has made interim arrangements to ensure stability is maintained in the coming months, while they search for a new CEO.