TikTok livestreams new way of electronic begging

Online begging
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AMMAN — Some users of social media platforms, including the TikTok application, resorted to a novel way of begging, thinking that controlling them while using the applications is less rigorous, or possible, than in the streets.اضافة اعلان

The growing phenomenon pushed social and legal experts to ask for tighter control of those practicing this form of begging, especially since their posts contain unauthorized exploitation of children, who are used in the practice.

“We are witnessing a vast increase in electronic begging, and the reason for that could be that it escapes the government’s monitoring and laws,” said Hussein Mahadeen, professor of sociology and crime at Yarmouk University.

He told Jordan News that “addiction to social media, and the accelerated lifestyle we live in now made it easier for this phenomenon to spread”.

“Users, who have no control over the content they receive, may consider donating (to those asking help from them), thinking it is the right thing to do, and an easy way to help those in need,” he said.

Mahadeen added that nowadays, online and street begging “are a way to earn easy money, and it seldom has anything to do with material needs, or economic conditions of the individuals involved in the practice”.

“Undoubtedly, a law is required to control such actions, and prevent the begging from spreading further,” he pointed out.

Ministry of Social Development spokesperson Ashraf Khrais told Jordan News that the amendments to the bylaw governing charitable organizations’ fundraising activities “are now being discussed at the Legislation and Opinion Bureau”.

“It will regulate the work of charities in Jordan, as well as amend regulations concerning online charity,” he pointed out.

The new draft addresses electronic begging, its mechanisms, and ways to confront it, said Khrais, who noted that the current mechanism for collecting donations by charities, and articles of the Penal Code “are devoid of any provisions that address the phenomenon of electronic begging”.

He said the draft singled out one clause governing electronic donations, which stipulates that a license is required to collect donations through electronic means. It also calls for the person applying for the license to have an approved website, that the nature of the donations mentioned in the electronic application must be specified by the applicant, and that the bank account associated with the electronic payment be determined by the licensed applicant.

Lawyer Suleiman Al-Mubaideen told Jordan News that the amendments will ensure that children are not involved in those actions.

“The law is the basis of a moral society; without a law, violations cannot be controlled,” he stressed.

“Protecting children from being abused is the government’s responsibility, and issuing a law is the first and right step towards a solution to this phenomenon,” he said.

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