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More Fijians Want Tougher Laws Against Social Media Abuse: Poll

More Fijians Want Tougher Laws  Against Social Media Abuse: Poll
Savenaca Narube and Adi Sivia Qoro.
August 23
12:41 2018

A majority of Fijians want tougher laws for social media abuse, a public opinion survey has revealed.

The Fiji Sun-Razor poll found that 60 per cent of those interviewed supported tougher laws.

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Twenty one per cent opposed them and 19 per cent were unsure.

The results came after social media debate over people taking pictures of victims at the fatal multi-vehicle crash site at Nabou, between Nadi and Sigatoka recently.

Eight people died and others are still recovering in hospital.

Many people severely criticised those responsible for uploading graphic images of bodies strewn at the site.

They were concerned with the ethical and moral standards of the social media posts.

Many felt that the perpetrators should have shown more empathy for the victims instead of sharing images online.

The Online Safety Act, passed recently by Parliament, will allow the setting up of a commission to look into combating abusive, hateful and illegal behaviour online.

Government is working towards ensuring our social media platforms are safe.

The Act has more to do with sexual exploitation. The commission will deal with complaints about social media postings that are explicit and harmful.

Meanwhile, the poll showed an extraordinary rise in popularity for Unity Fiji which used to linger between two and four per cent to 11 per cent.

It correlates with party pioneer Adi Sivia Qoro also scoring 11 per cent in the preferred deputy prime minister standings. Adi Sivia is a seasoned politician and well known.

This was her first polling and it revealed she was more popular than her leader, Savenaca Narube, who only managed one per cent in the preferred PM poll.

Unity Fiji inflicted heavy casualty on NFP which it displaced on the number three spot after FijiFirst and SODELPA. NFP had dropped to one per cent and leader Biman Prasad slid to two per cent.

Hope continued after its impressive debut, sitting on fourth place with six per cent while leader Tupou Draunidalo was on three per cent.

SODELPA has slipped from a high of 26 per cent to 18 per cent while leader Sitiveni Rabuka polled 15 per cent and maintained his lead over Ro Teimumu Kepa on nine per cent.

FijiFirst and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama continued their strong run.

Prime Minister Bainimarama  polled 69 per cent and FijiFirst 66 per cent.

The poll did face-to-face interviews with 1000 people, 500 in the Central, 300 in the West and 200 in the North.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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