Cyber Bullying & Harassment

User stories have been collected via our survey and are only published on our site when we’re given explicit permission by users, including whether or not we are permitted to publish their name and location (many prefer to be anonymous). They are lightly edited for clarity or readability. Note that category tags are for easy searchability only and may not be exhaustive.

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User Story: Lady Soliloque

My name is Lady Soliloque. I am a Southern Lady, author and geek. My name is not just a pen name, it is a registered and trademarked name under which I am known, and it is recognized by the US Government, the legal system, the financial system,  my state, my…

User Story: Anonymous

A guy using a fake name was harassing me via Facebook, private messaging nasty things to people on my friends list—including outing me as HIV positive and sending x-rated photos of me—and even targeting where I work on my company’s official Facebook page.  He threatened a “hashtag campaign” against my…

User Story: Anonymous

I haven’t been reported yet. But my activism for social issues (anti-racism, LGBTQ equality, etc.) has cost me job offers, got me fired once and I receive regular threats from individuals and organisations on Facebook who openly post swastikas and other hate speech on their profiles. Reporting them is nigh…

User Story: Ace Backwords

Someone on Facebook who was angry at me over something else reported me via Facebook’s “fake name” policy and used that as a way to sabotage my Facebook profile.  I was blocked for 6 months because of that.  I had been using the name Ace Backwords, which I’ve been using as my…

User Story: Anonymous

I was told today by another user that he hopes that a man beats me to death. He then reported me for having a fake name. Like I am going to post my real name when a mentally disturbed person with a criminal record has a vendetta against me? My…

User Story: Anonymous

I’ve been a Facebook member since 2010 and am known to people as my writer’s name. I was unmercifully hacked and bullied and stalked by a former husband. I tried the codes: the blocking, ignoring, and fighting back. One of the cyberbullies started posting my legal name and private business. I was publicly…

User Story: Lance Gayhart

My name is Lance Gayhart. That is my given birth name, so my story here is unique. My account wasn’t reported because of that fact. The reason I support my friends in their quest to change the FB name policy is because I get it. I was bullied as a…

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