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IS CYBER BULLYING THE NEW NORM?

ARE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS BEING RUN BY ADOLESCENTS?

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For allaboutcutting.net

April 9, 2019

IS CYBER BULLYING THE NEW NORM?

The latest in a round of lawsuits against cyber bullying, again comes from United States Congressman Devin Nunes of California.

Nunes, a House Intelligence Committee ranking member filed a $150 million lawsuit in Virginia state court against The McClatchy Company and others on Monday, alleging that one of the news agency’s reporters conspired with a political operative to derail Nunes’ oversight work into the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian election interference.

Nunes’ new complaint acknowledged the sensitivity of filing a defamation and conspiracy lawsuit against journalists but went on to allege that the defendants had “abandoned the role of journalists and chose to leverage their considerable power to spread falsehoods and to defame Nunes for political and financial gain.”

“They need to retract everything they did against me but they also need to come clean with the American people,” Nunes told “Hannity” on Fox News Monday night. “Retract all of their fake news stories. This is part of the broader clean-up. Remember, a few weeks ago, I filed against Twitter — they’re censoring conservatives. McClatchy is one of the worst offenders of this. But we’re coming after the rest of them. I think people are beginning to wake up now, I’m serious — I’m coming to clean up the mess.”

FILING A SOCIAL MEDIA ABUSE COMPLAINT:

The similarity of the Nunes Lawsuit and the current cyber bullying trend on social media platforms today are one and the same. The major difference between the two is:  Devin Nunes and his legal team are pursuing legal action in a court of law, while the rest of the population, who are under siege from internet “Cyber Bullying trolls” are left trying to negotiate the maze of social-media interphase reporting obstacles just to file an “abuse report.” 

Essentially, the every-day social media user trying to file an “abuse complaint” on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, for example, are usually left completely exasperated before the “abuse” filing process is over.  It’s a fact that social media platforms rely more on internet communication skills, via email, to solve a problem, rather than actual personal one-on-one communications via the telephone.  

So in one respect, I’d say social media platforms communication skills are very lacking, if not non-functional, to the average internet user. Technology is fine, except when it becomes obstructive to someone trying to file a legitimate “abuse complaint.”  Rather than having a system in place to speak to a live operator, it seems social media platform designers are more interested in “making a buck” rather than protecting the individual users on a specific platform. Of course, each social media platform offers a litany of rules and regulations to supposedly govern the civility on social media; however, in fact and reality, how many individuals are actually sanctioned for their harassment and constant “cyber-bullying tactics?” In my opinion, it’s just smoking mirrors!

CYBER BULLYING AND CYBER HARASSMENT:

Cyber Bullying or Cyber Harassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyber Bullying and cyber Harassment are also known as “online bullying.” It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. Cyber Bullying is when someone, typically teens, bully or harass others on social media sites. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victim’s personal information (DOXXING), or pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech). Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to harm. Victims may have lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation and a variety of emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry and depressed.

Awareness in the United States has risen since the 2010s, due in part to high-profile cases. Several US states and other countries have laws specific to cyber bullying. Some are designed to specifically target teen cyber bullying, while others use laws extending from the scope of physical harassment. In cases of adult cyber harassment, these reports are usually filed, beginning with local police.

Research has demonstrated a number of serious consequences of cyber-bullying victimization.

Internet trolling is a common form of bullying over the Internet in an online community (such as in online gaming or social media) in order to elicit a reaction, disruption or for someone’s own personal amusement. Cyber stalking is another form of bullying or harassment that uses electronic communications to stalk a victim. This may pose a credible threat to the victim.

INTERNET TROLL MONIKERS:

It’s been my experience that most internet “cyber-bullying trolls” and “cyber-harassment trolls” don’t have the guts nor the moral fiber or fortitude to initiate and repeat unwanted cyber-bullying and harassment attacks on an individual on social media while using their own names or identities.  Instead they use monikers like “Drama Drama”, “WTF”, “WTH”,  “Devin Nunes Cow” “Holy Moly”, etc.  Or they use a completely fictitious name which is unrelated to their real names. However, this provides a sense of security from identity disclosure to the cyber bully, which is completely false. A subpoena duces tecum from a lawyer, or a request from law enforcement, will usually disclose the culprit’s complete identity in quick fashion.

 

VALIDITY OF A “CYBER-BULLY’S” REMARKS:

It’s been my experience that the remarks, “Cyber Bullies use against a victim are usually false, slanderous and defamatory, which are strictly designed to 1) ruin a person’s reputation and 2) create a response from the individual being attacked, so-to-speak.  Good, bad or indifferent, a response is a response.  It’s also my opinion, from law enforcement experience, especially, “Criminal Profiler” training, “Cyber Bullies” are teetering on the border of being a “sociopath,” a “narcissist,”or a criminal, rather than being a normal social-media participant.  One of the tools that “Cyber Bullies” use in conjunction with their illegal activity is that they usually run in packs like dogs.  

In a Tweet on Twitter, or a post on Facebook, the “Cyber Bully” can rally his or her cohorts, or otherwise also seemingly mentally deficient individuals, to organize a concerted attack on an individual. Whichever the case may be, the unwarranted and unsolicited social-media attacks distort the truth and can produce economic, physical and mental harm to some individuals. Overall, “Cyber Bullying and Harassment” are a violation of the law and in my opinion more individuals should be arrested, prosecuted and transferred for an extended stay at the “Grey Bar Hotel” for his or her actions.

Case in point, I know of an individual who’s being “Cyber Bullied” on social media by a Twitter user who uses a moniker as his or her identity.  The problems arising for Twitter users are multiple:  1) The information being disseminated was only provided to one individual for which the identity of this individual is well known, 2) the information being disseminated is not completely true and accurate and 3) the false information being disseminated is very slanderous and defamatory by nature and content.  For the record, all appropriate options are on the table for resolving this matter, including, but not limited to, criminal and civil applications. Furthermore, if a “Cyber Bully” thinks they can hide behind a lawyer for protection while they’re committing a crime, he or she is completely wrong.

Another case in point is that not in the too far distant past, I was contacted by an individual who asked me if I would investigate a certain individual. The problem is that I don’t engage in or solicit for private investigations.  Another problem with this scenario is that I don’t engage in “Cyber Bullying.”  The last problem, for this individual, is that some of the information that was supplied to me concerning the individual was completely false. Therefore, I declined the offer.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE CYBER BULLYS?

Build a case against them, contact law enforcement and put them in jail! As the old adage says, “To engage with a fool is to become a fool.”  Therefore, the best way to handle a “Cyber Bully” is to completely ignore him or her.  If the criminal act persists, by all means, contact law enforcement.  One must remember, “Cyber Bullies” are criminals and eventually, as all criminals do, he or she will make a mistake.  This mistake will afford the recipient of such illegal action, a place in the crosshairs of a pair of handcuffs, a jail cell and a courtroom while being prosecuted.  In my opinion, the Federal Government needs to take control of all social media platforms because the adolescent-minded people running them, as well as operating on social media platforms of the criminal type, are completely out of control.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Phone: (985) 630-3500

 

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7 Comments

  1. Some people don’t want to get fixed, because being broken gets them attention. Very nice article.

    Sammy

  2. It has indeed reached an all time high level of nastiness and sadly to the detriment of many good people.
    Thank you for writing this!

  3. I’ve had more than one run in with people declaring to be the holy grail of saving horses. It’s my opinion that they’re just bullies. When the facts come out, these social media sites actually do very little, if nothing at all, to help the horse. Once they become fixated on a victim, they will do everuything in their power to destroy that person with lies. thank you for exposing this insanity.
    Rose

  4. I always tell people to ignore and forget what the internet trolls say. Their just mentally deficit individuals with to much idle and nonproductive time on their hands. Usually a hidden agenda, mostly criminal, is the motivator. I find these people very jealous of another’s success. 
    Lacy

  5. Mr. Dennis, I commend you on your article. Ive been in the Horse business for 40 years and I’ve never seen social media attacks on people as bad as I see today. They operate like MS 13 gang members with their threats. 

    Roy

  6. If more people were arrested and sued for there threats on social media then maybe this illegal behavior would stop. 

    Karen

  7. Amazing to see the social media platforms being sued for allowing this BS to go on. Wonder how they like that?? 

    Barney 

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