Facebook Stalking

This social media crazed generation casually throw the term ‘facebook stalking’ around but now this term can have serious repercussions. An article from the press association explains

‘Stalkers could be barred from targeting their victims on Facebook and other social networking sites in a crackdown on harassment, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

Prosecutors should issue restraining orders that “meet the particular risks presented in each case” and there “should not be a repetition of routine clauses”, the new CPS guidance said.

Restrictions could include orders “not to display any material relating to the victim on social networking sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter”.’

The new law arguably gives the term ‘stalking’ a more definite explanation – this can help cases involving stalking and the victims involved. However i think this article can also prove just how much of an impact social media has on our lives and the people within our lives. Who would of thought posting a nasty comment about a peer could have such a huge impact on that persons life- but if you think about it with over 400 million active users on facebook that one comment can find it’s way round hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people. With the risk of that sounding over-exaggerated, this facebook stalking can have an massive effect on people’s life. Myself knowing victims of facebook stalking it really is horrendous and raises the question if the term should be taken more seriously.

Many victims try to delete the ‘friend’ who is stalking them , but from my own experience I know it is possible for the person to still contact you through facebook mail. It seems the only thing you can do is delete your whole account altogether, but to my surprise when I asked a few of my friends if they would do this if they were in that situation all of them said no. Now if that is not commitment to social networking I dunno what is! Many said ‘ I would be left out and miss what’s going on, and lose touch with my friends’ and the more I started to think about it the more I thought to myself I don’t think I would either…would you?

Social networking appears to be the easiest option for stalkers, when all they have to do is click a button and type in a name and there you go cheap and easy stalking. From my own experience there appears to be no restrictions on swearing in your facebook status or leaving comments so what could of stopped a stalker leaving a harsh comment about you on your profile for everyone to see ( if you have not yet deleted them)  or mentioning you in their status , or constantly harassing you. Well now thanks to the facebook groups such as ‘I am being facebook stalked and i don’t like it’ and all the victims who came forward there have been major changes and the law is now cracking down on the matter – meaning we won’t have to delete are oh so sacred and essential twitter, facebook and youtube accounts. Thank goodness for us.

Kelly Wade.

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2 Responses

  1. I wouldn’t delete mine because I know so many people from different places and I do not want to lose touch with them. As far as my close friends are concerned I can talk to them face to face, but my friends in America and dotted around the UK, I can not talk to without Facebook. At least if you delete your stalker the messages they send stay personal, then you can report abuse to Facebook and get them banned as opposed to hurting yourself – or you can just delete the private messages without reading them.

  2. Good blog Kelly 🙂 I would say I would never delete my facebook, how would I know what was going on in the world! But then again, If the situation arised of me seriously being stalked, i might consider it. I think we all just have to be careful with our privacy settings and who we accept as friends.

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