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The 'TikTok' or 'TikTaku' of suicides, crime is not fought with video clips

The 'TikTok' or 'TikTaku' of suicides, crime is not fought

By Lutfi Dervishi

A young mother ended her life (as reported so far) after she couldn't handle the shame after the publication of an intimate photo that some media/individuals are mass republishing today.

To say criminal is little, to say more than criminal still remains insufficient in the face of virtual macabre.

The dark side of social media and part of the portals reappeared today with the re-publication of a photo that for the 27-year-old translated into suicide, while for click workers it translates into money.

Another unfortunate victim of TikTok's list of victims, another "blue whale" that this time has as creators some sick minds who, in addition to the prank, also have the Internet.

The young mother's tragic decision to desperately escape from this life was not enough, but her trial is followed by dozens of idiots who throw "digital stones" at the dead as if they were presidents of the court of morality.

However, you can't expect internet idiots (ii) to be human and make the difference between life and death between private and public, between dignity and ignominy, but what is worrying is the role of the media in reporting the horrors.

While the domino effect of detailed reporting of suicides is well-proven, at a time when it has been proven that the sensationalism of unfortunate cases leads to long-term damage to society as well, we behave the same way again and again until the next tragedy is carried out for it. the same causes and in the same ways.

To call for ethics and restraint in the reporting of tragic events runs the risk of resembling the man who takes the hoe and hoe to the sea.

The rapid dissemination of information and the possibility for information to be produced and distributed by anyone, the need to hold freedom of expression sacred, and the harm that comes from the indiscriminate distribution of private/harmful material has created a new reality that cannot be faced with instruments of the time before the Internet.

Cybercrime cannot be fought with the same tools and human resources as street crime.

At a time when the distinction between real and virtual life is getting harder and harder, mental health problems and cybercrime are getting worse due to the rapid development of technology.

The problems and challenges of the digital age are not met with analog instruments and mindsets.

Today, in response to the tragic event, the state police published a video from the moment of the arrest of the person suspected of causing the loss of the 27-year-old woman's life. Modern crime is fought with law, structure and will, not video clips.

Law enforcement institutions (police/prosecution) are not properly equipped either in technology or in human resources to deal with visible and invisible criminals in virtual space. Any delay will bring us new victims and the next video clip.

Strengthening legislation and structures would be only one side of the coin. The media itself can play a positive role provided that clicks on disasters are considered a "crime".

It is up to us if we want to remain human and respect the mourning of another or turn death into a spectacle.

So far it's all just words, counting the victims until the missing deeds come!


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