Fiji police, online safety commission to jointly track down cyber bullying

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-14 13:57:18|Editor: mingmei
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SUVA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Fiji Police Force will work in collaboration with the Online Safety Commission following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday to track online bullying and abuse cases.

The MoU will enable the Fijian police to proceed with the prosecution of any case that has been referred to by the Online Safety Commission under the Online Safety Act 2018.

Two crimes that are listed under the Online Safety Act are online bullying and abuse where someone is emotionally harmed or distressed in any way that has been caused by electronic communication and also the sharing of images and videos.

Commissioner of the Online Safety Commission Anne Dunn said earlier that out of about 90 Fijians who committed suicide in 2017, several cases were due to something they had seen or read about themselves on social media.

Fiji's Online Safety Commission is working towards building relationship with key organizations in a bid to prevent suicides.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made a plea in July last year for people to report cyber bullying.

With over 100 reports received by Online Safety Commission from schools alone in 2018, Bainimarama said he is aware of the increase in cases where women are being bullied online and exposed.