Facebook accounts for half of all ‘extreme cyber-bullying’

By John Glenday | Reporter

October 2, 2013 | 2 min read

Facebook has been named as the source of 54 per cent of all cases of ‘extreme cyber-bullying’, where vicious personal attacks are made on a daily basis, by children’s charity Ditch the Label.

In the largest ever report into online abuse it found that over one million young people face such abuse, damaging their self-esteem.

The figures were compiled in a report published which surveyed 10,000 13 to 22 year olds on their online experiences; with Facebook, Ask.fm and Twitter found to be the domains most favoured by bullies.

Ditch the Label founder Liam Hackett said: “I think there's a tendency for older people to think that cyberbullying is a lesser form of bullying because there is this idea you can delete a comment or you can block it and it's gone.

“But actually, we have seen that content becomes viral very quickly and when comments are put out on a public platform it can be more distressing for the victim because a lot of people are exposed to this content, so it's incredibly harmful.

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“What we believe social networks should have to do is produce an annual external audit which would measure cyberbullying activity on a network, how many people are reporting cyberbullying and what happened as a result, and we believe that those reports should be made public.”

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