Provocative behaviour on the social media may instigate certain speech or action

Dan l-aħħar rajna diversi ritratti u videos provokanti fuq il-midja soċjali speċjalment fuq tik tok u instagram. Jista’ jkun li dan l-aġir qed iwassal biex persuna tirċievi kummenti mhux xierqa jew attenzjoni żejda li ma tkunx mixtieqa? Fuq il-midja soċjali qed isir ħafna iktar komuni li naraw persuni ta’ kull età, nisa u rġiel li jesponu lilhom infushom b’mod eċċessiv. Minn jum għal jum jidhru saħansitra minuri jiżfnu jew jagħmlu mossi provokanti b’ilbies skullat li ma jħalli xejn għall-immaġinazzjoni ta’ dak li jkun. Popolin iddiskuta.

The issue of provocative photos and videos uploaded on the social media, especially on tik tok and instagram, showing persons exposing themselves excessively, something even minors, is raising many questions about their effects on the public.

Popolin discussed the issue with Josephine Muscat, operations manager within the Care for Sexual Attacks Victims, who stressed that she disagrees with this behavior to promote a new culture whereby a person exposes herself half naked on the social media and behaves provocatively to attract attention.

This, however, does not mean that the person exposing herself is receiving a form of sexual abuse. “If a person does not give a consent, no one should think that the persons has a right to abuse someone, irrespective of the person’s behaviour on the social media”.

Asked by the presenter if the instigation and provocation should be controlled to avoid abuse, Ms Muscat said that it is always good to control provocations, however this does not mean that if a person is exposing himself/herself, anyone has some right to acquire it. “We have to be mature enough not to arrive at this stage”.

Jessica Calleja Millo, director of Victim Support Unit Malta stressed that the intentions of a person’s behaviour in such a way on the social media are to attract attention and not an invitation for something more.

Inspector Joseph Busuttil brought the example of a wallet filled with money on a table. Although the wallet is on a table accessible to many, he said that no one has the right to take it except its owner. “An invitation remains an invitation….if a person does not give his/her consent for an ulterior motoive, it means the person doesn’t want to”.