Estimates show that millions of people have been victims of
cyberbullying. Sadly, this includes the famous cases where
emotional distress caused Tyler Clementi, Izzy Dix, Lisa Marie Zahra, and dozens of other victims
to take their own lives. These bullies are present on almost all
Internet forums, but some websites are particularly notorious. For
instance, a recent Time magazine article described Ask.fm as a website that was a
factor in at least 16 deaths.
Many safety measures, such as report buttons, have been tried to
combat cyberbullying. Paradoxically, social media users often do
not want their chats to be policed.
An example is Digg, a social news site on which people can
vote web content up or down, called "digging" and "burying",
respectively. From early 2009 to late 2010, a large group of users banded together to control what appeared
on the front page of Digg. These people searched Digg's pages to
find liberal and anti-conservative users. They then used the bury
button to force those users' stories off the front page.
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