**Note- The previous post caused some hysteria so the names of the people involved have blacked out.
Cyber Bullies, who is responsible for stopping the unnecessary and sometimes dangerous attacks that are happening on Social Media? We are, that's who.
In my career I have seen and experienced many instances of cyber bullying. However, tonight I experienced something new...
I was on Twitter and had received a very strange direct message from a new follower/following. I was busy and waited to responded. In that time, this person sent me an @ message as well. The message was suggesting that I answer their questions so that they could better understand what "I am about."
Shortly thereafter, I went into my direct message and saw that this person was not only asking me something completely out of line, but they were attacking me as well. I answered their questions and then unfollowed this person with a simple, "have a nice evening." Here are the messages:
**For those who do not know what he was referencing with Michelle Shocked, please read more here:
The "Michelle Shocked Thing": How SF Weekly Got Swept Up Into a Media Maelstrom
The response after I unfollowed this person so that they could not send me anymore direct messages :
Then I get this message from a different user:
And then this:
I continued to talk to the informant account offline for a bit and then wrote the previously mentioned blog post. As it turned out, both people were indeed trolls and both accounts were using me against one another. However, this does not change the message of my post. These accounts are using social media in a negative way and we have to do something to stop this cyber bullying.
So again I ask, who should be responsible for stopping cyber bullies? Twitter? The police? No, we all need to be watch out for each other. We are all capable of stopping this from happening more than once.
If you see or no of anyone who is a attacking, stalking or appears to be dangerous on social media, please say something. Report the abuse to the social network that you have witnessed the occurrence on, and alert the person who is potentially in danger.
Here are some steps you can follow if someone is cyber bullying you:
More information on preventing cyber bullying: