Fiji’s largest radio, online and television network and a tax-payer funded news organization faces backlash on Twitter after writing and deleting a fake and misleading news article.
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, today published a news article which created a lot of controversy amongst Fijians was false.
An article titled “Fijians with fake profiles identified and to be charged soon” went viral when FBC broke this fake news.
The article accused that the list of those fake profiles operating in Fiji was made possible after the Fijian authorities requested Facebook for their assistance in identifying these online culprits.
Activist Roshika Deo says that it is very irresponsible and unethical of FBC_News.
“Many people are traumatized and affected by online trolling and to share this news for the sake of some immaturity laugh is nasty. “
Other reputable Fijian journalists echoed similar sentiments as Ms Deo. They’ve labelled this move as “unethical” and “irresponsible” on the part of FBC.
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation took down the link after few hours of its supposedly “breaking news”.
News reporter Akosita Talei who first reported the news responded saying that that it was April Fool’s day.