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The Legal Consequences of Cyberbullying on Social Media

By: Barry Chase
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The Legal Consequences of Cyberbullying on Social Media

As social media has become an integral part of our daily lives, cyberbullying has become a widespread issue that affects people of all ages. Cyberbullying refers to the use of electronic communication to harass or bully someone, often anonymously. Social media platforms have made it easier for people to communicate with each other, but they have also created a platform for cyberbullying to occur.

In addition to the emotional toll that cyberbullying can take on a person, it can also have legal consequences. Cyberbullying can take many forms, including posting mean or hurtful comments, sharing private or embarrassing photos or videos, and creating fake profiles to harass or impersonate someone. These actions can lead to legal claims such as defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Defamation is a legal claim that can arise from cyberbullying when false and damaging statements are made about someone online. In some cases, the person making the statement may be liable for the harm caused to the victim’s reputation. In a recent case, a high school student was awarded $70,000 in damages after she was cyberbullied by a fellow student on social media, including the posting of false and harmful comments about her.

Invasion of privacy is another legal claim that can arise from cyberbullying. This can occur when private information about a person is shared without their consent, such as private photos or videos. In some cases, the person sharing this information may be liable for invasion of privacy, especially if the information is shared with the intent to harm or embarrass the victim.

Finally, cyberbullying can also lead to a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress. This occurs when a person’s conduct is so extreme and outrageous that it causes severe emotional distress to the victim. In some cases, cyberbullying may meet the threshold required for this claim to be successful.

To prevent cyberbullying and the legal consequences that can arise from it, it is important for individuals and businesses to have policies and procedures in place to address cyberbullying. This includes having clear guidelines for acceptable behavior on social media, as well as training employees on how to recognize and respond to cyberbullying. It is also important for individuals to know their rights and seek legal help if they are a victim of cyberbullying.

In conclusion, cyberbullying is a serious issue that can have legal consequences. As social media continues to play an important role in our lives, it is important to take steps to prevent cyberbullying and protect yourself and others from its harmful effects.


Barry Chase

Barry Chase, Esq., Senior Partner at ChaseLawyers®, is a distinguished figure in the realm of sports and entertainment law, offering Harvard-level representation that is both cost-sensitive and exceptional. An honors graduate of Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School, Chase's illustrious career commenced at a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm, now known as Wilmer Hale. Here, he honed his expertise in Communications and First Amendment law, representing media titans such as CBS, the Times-Mirror Company, and Time, Inc. in pivotal Federal Communications Commission (FCC) matters.

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