STALKING by SOCIAL MEDIA
What do you want your social media reputation to be? Connecting with friends and family on social media can be positive, but what do you do if someone is harassing/threatening/lying about you? Some people feel anonymous when using an electronic device and misuse it to stalk and bully others.
It is difficult, but the best response is to not react, but collect evidence. Screen shots, copies of posts, texts and other information should be preserved. If someone is talking badly about you and you begin to talk badly about that person, any court case may be compromised. If a judge is hearing a case and both parties have acted inappropriately, he or she may be thinking that both people need a psychological evaluation. Most court cases today include copies of texts and posts. They can be used for or against you.
Slander is when one person lies about another person and libel is when the misinformation is written. While collecting evidence, also compile documentation that proves that whatever was said or written is a lie.
According to the evidence, the case may be civil such as filing a law suit or obtaining a protective order. Start by checking your state stalking law. A consultation with an attorney may also be helpful.
Potential employers and others are looking at your posts. Talking badly about other people reflects badly on you. Children should be taught to be cautious online as the development of the social media reputation starts in childhood. Even if posts are deleted someone may have a copy and it can come back to haunt you.
Be cautious of people who slander other people. You could be next. Also, don’t be manipulated into jumping into the situation. If you don’t really know what is going on, or even if you think you know, you can end up in trouble. Saying that the target of the person being targeted should be harmed in some way may be a crime. It is none of your business.
Let’s start out the new year on a positive note.
If you are being stalked online:
Stalking Resource Center
Local domestic violence programs may also have services.