For terror assault ‘joke’ on TikTok, 19-year-old will get banned from airways
A nineteen-year-old woman from Melbourne, Australia has been banned by several airlines for posting a terrorist attack joke on the TikTok video-sharing platform.
The woman can no longer fly Jetstar Airways, Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia Airlines after making an alleged joke about a terrorist attack, according to a Facebook post by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on December 23.
Law enforcement did not mention the woman’s identity in their report, despite finding that the woman posted the video on TikTok while boarding a flight from Melbourne to Queensland.
The video resulted in multiple calls to the Australian National Security Hotline and rapid action by AFP, Victoria Police and the Queensland Police Service, according to AFP.
“Regardless of intent, jokes about a terrorist attack and the safety of the airline are never laughable and can have unintended consequences,” warned AFP.
The AFP has urged those who may have information about extremist activity and potential threats to the community to report what they know to the National Security Hotline, regardless of how small or trivial they find their information. JB
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