Refrain from social media attacks against missing person

Fiji's Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho. Picture: FT FILE

THE Fiji Police Force is appealing to members of public to refrain from using the news of a missing person to attack their character on social media. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro made the statement after a teenage girl reported missing earlier this week was reunited with her family on Friday.

Ms Naisoro said Police was concerned with the manner in which some social media users chose to do more harm than good in helping when news of a missing person was released.

“We choose to use social media and the mainstream media to try and get information disseminated to as many people as possible in the hope of finding the individual who has been reported missing,” she said.
“It’s not a time to be passing judgement on any individual which could end up doing more harm.”
Ms Naisoro said reports were shared by media outlets on their social media platforms to assist police in the search for missing persons.