TikTok: Digital terror or edutainment tool?


Aris, Adlene (2020) TikTok: Digital terror or edutainment tool? Thoughts. p. 1. ISSN 0126-8074

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TikTok in Malaysia is often associated with negative implications – meaningless dance moves, sexual content, users making fools of themselves, and the list of disapprovals from netizens just seem to be never-ending. On May 19, 2020, Thivyaanayagi Rajendran, a 20-year-old woman, was found dead after committing suicide at her home in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. And the cause of her unfortunate death? A TikTok video. A fake Facebook user, Joker Oruvan, shared a TikTok video of her and a Bangladeshi colleague who worked with her as a cashier at a 7-Eleven store. The video was filmed while both of them appeared to be sitting behind a cashier counter, trying to act out a scene from a Hindi song. While both of them were just having fun and creating silly, harmless content, Joker Oruvan proceeded to caption the video, “How did this girl fall in love with a Bangla ... everyone would surely bless you”, implying that both of them were in a romantic relationship. The post on Facebook attracted more than 300 comments jeering her for dating a Bangladeshi.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social media
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM711-806 Groups and organizations
Divisions: Faculty of Applied Communication (FAC)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 04:56
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 04:56
URII: http://shdl.mmu.edu.my/id/eprint/8110


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