HRADC involved over assaults on Tiktok – FBC Information

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission deals with a trendy online platform for social networks Tick ​​tock used to defame, discriminate, and promote hatred.

According to director Ashwin Raj, the commission has received complaints and concerns from Fijians who have experienced dire deterioration on this social media platform. Bloggers have resorted to attacks based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and marital status.

He says these attacks are often carried out in the local language.

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According to Raj, the authorities in charge need to give serious thought to the emotional violence that these platforms, without any accountability or remedy, are inflicting on those whose human dignity and right to private and family life have been continually assaulted.

Tiktok has so many little snippets that actually actively advocate and encourage hatred. It makes the most derogatory remarks that are misogynist, sexist and homophobic. It resorts to racist slander, instigates communal hatred and this social media platform remains uncontrolled

According to Raj, the social media platform is saturated with videos that openly incite violent sexual attacks on LGBTQI people and make fun of people with psychosocial disabilities and physical infirmities.

He adds that women are often vulgar and there are very serious concerns that online bullying can drive people into depression and suicidal tendencies.

The director says while the commission understands that many turn to TikTok for entertainment and creative expression, some use that platform to attack others.

He says this has to come to an end and the TikTok users must use the platform responsibly.

The commission is currently discussing this issue with the Cybercrime Department of the Fiji Police and the Online Security Commission.

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