As people are spending more time at home at the moment this means that more time is also being spent online.
This has its advantages, from enabling us to keep up to date with essential news to online shopping and staying in regular contact with family and friends. Social media use is on the increase with people searching for other ways to keep themselves entertained.
However, there is a darker side to this increased online activity, with more people turning to vindictive or malicious social media posts such as:
Revenge porn is where intimate photos or videos of someone are shared online without their permission. Often the sharer is a disgruntled ex-partner. The government’s Revenge Porn Helpline* has reported increased number of calls from victims of intimate image abuse during the lockdown period. It is believed that both the increase in social media use and the heightened emotions at this time are responsible, with revenge porn often originating from controlling or abusive relationships.
Trolling and harassment
It is an unfortunate reality that people can feel more disinhibited when they are online and may engage in unacceptable behaviour that they might not contemplate in person. It is also easier for people to let their emotions get the better of them and make a malicious post in the heat of the moment. Unfortunately, disgruntled people can turn to social media to target their victims and this can lead to repeated online insults, provocations or even threats.
False or malicious online posts
Some people decide to publicly air their personal grudges or grievances online or are even just motivated by boredom. This can lead to false or malicious social media posts that attack the reputation of an individual or a company.
If you are on the receiving end of any of these activities, then we know that it can be deeply distressing as well as damaging to your reputation.
For help with any of the above issues, including seeking removal of online posts, please contact Laura Baglow at NetRights on 0207 698 4427.
*The government’s Revenge Porn Helpline number is 0345 6000459 and the Samaritans can be contacted at 116 123 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org