Social media outcry

The instagram post which incorrectly translated the Itaukei word for church as the meaning of the word Toilet. Picture: SUPPLIED

A Tourism Fiji promotional video posted on Instagram has stirred an outcry for wrongly translating the word “toilet” in the iTaukei language.

The promotional video had referenced the word toilet as “vale ni lotu” which offended many iTaukei because the translation meant church in the iTaukei language.

The post which was then deleted by Tourism Fiji caused a major uproar online yesterday, with many calling for action against the persons behind the update and video.

Tourism Fiji’s official Twitter page yesterday responded to concerned users regarding the error. In one of its tweets, Tourism Fiji stated that “content fact-checking was clearly inaccurate and the post has been removed. Apologies for any offence this may have caused”.

Meanwhile, political figures yesterday used social media platforms to condemn Tourism Fiji. Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa said she was outraged and disgusted that an organisation such as Tourism Fiji would be careless to release the promotional video.

Ro Teimumu Kepa. Picture: Jovesa Naisua


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