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Refrain From Sharing Images Of The Bullying Incident, Says Online Safety Commissioner

The Police have confirmed the incident recorded in the video took place last year. Investigations are still underway and the OSC will continue to assist with the investigation wherever possible. The OSC also urges the public to be vigilant about sharing unconfirmed, speculative content about the incident.
04 Mar 2020 10:57
Refrain From Sharing Images Of The Bullying Incident, Says Online Safety Commissioner
Anne Dunn, Commissioner for Online Safety, at the TOPEX Conference at Pullman Nadi Bay Resort.

The Online Safety Commission (OSC) is aware of the violent video circulated on Facebook over the weekend. Steps were immediately taken by the OSC to ensure the video link was brought to Facebook’s attention for removal while Police investigated the incident.

The video received thousands of views after being shared widely by Facebook users prior to its removal from the platform on Monday 02 March 2020. Images and social media links of the alleged individuals in the video continue to be circulated on social media platforms to date. While we appreciate Facebook’s removal of the video, the OSC shares the widely-held view that Facebook must identify and remove violent content more expeditiously to prevent such content from spreading through the platform.

Commissioner, Anne Dunn-Baleilevuka stated “We urge the public to refrain from sharing images of the bullying incident captured on video along with any speculative information that has not been confirmed by relevant authorities.”

The Police have confirmed the incident recorded in the video took place last year. Investigations are still underway and the OSC will continue to assist with the investigation wherever possible. The OSC also urges the public to be vigilant about sharing unconfirmed, speculative content about the incident.

According to Commissioner Dunn-Baleilevuka, “It is vital we all act as responsible online users by respecting each other’s online spaces and thinking twice before we share violent or abusive content. We will continue to flag content that violates the Online Safety Act and Facebook’s community guidelines, and hope to see greater responsiveness from Facebook and other social media companies to uphold a safe online environment.”

The purpose of the Online Safety Commission is to promote online safety & safeguard Fijians from harmful online communication.

For more information please visit www.onlinesafetycommission.com

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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