Online bullies’ are unblushing
Few weeks ago, crackers released online nude images of celebrities and it confirmed what most security researchers have for long claimed to be the most common act of cyber bullying.It is similar to acts that alter a people’s images to make it look humiliating or obscene, and then circulate the image online through Facebook, twitter, Whatsapp, Pinterest and Instagram among other social media and messaging platforms.More than ten per cent of all internet users are said to have been the target of such actions.The other common bullying acts is spreading rumours about a person on social networks, with prominent persons having fallen victim to it. In Australia, studies have shown that bullies torment include intentionally excluding a person from an online group, like an online gaming group and trolling by hurling vicious remarks.
Despite all the evidence available, few governments have plans in place to put a stop to such behaviour, with new laws be crafted against harassment but with little or no prosecution. In explaining the main bullying tactic, researchers blame the abundance of free picture-altering apps and the ease of Web access on smartphones, tablets and desktops. In Canada and United States as well as Europe, there are free apps that allow users to make a person look ugly, old or bald, or add facial blemishes.The same now are available worldwide. In Europe, there are several I know that let users superimpose someone’s face on a naked body. One big draw of these apps is that cyber bullies can be cruel while staying anonymous and inflicting irreversible damage to victims. Humiliating pictures are also potentially more damaging for victims with low self-esteem and who lack emotional support from friends and family.