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What is the worst social media platform for cyberbullying?

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Suzanne
I wondered what the worst social media app or platform is for cyberbullying and digital abuse? We used to hear a lot about Facebook being the worst for bullying but now Twitter are always in the news with negative stories of abuse etc. Who does everyone think is the worst? Also what more can they do about the problem? Let's start talking about the ones that "get off lightly" too such as Snapchat and YouTube because I've seen bullying on them too.
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Emelia
I'd say probably sites where bullying can occur anonymously like ASK.FM. Theres a lot of nasty stories about it. But it's possible now for people to change their settings on that website to not allow anonymous questions, which is a good. I believe the owners are still working on ways to make it safer.

Theres a page about it on the Cybersmile website if you're interested about it!
www.cybersmile.org/advice-help/category/askfm
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Suzanne

In reply to Emelia

Thanks Emilia, to an extent all the social networks are anonymous because of how easy it is to set up an email address....great link btw thank you!
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SuperDad
Facebook is the worst social media platform for bullying. My children and their friends are constantly talking about pages that have been set up to abuse others. The media have been giving Twitter lots of column inches but let's not be fooled, Facebook is still the original cyberbullying tool. It has literally cost people their lives. My opinion of course.
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SamS
I think this is a very interesting question, I suppose all of the platforms are utilised in different ways. For example, Facebook can easily be used to send hurtful messages to each other as well as abuse pages being set up about them. Whereas, twitter is more instant, there can be an instant tweet about someone that would be classed as bullying. Instagram can be used to bullying somebody about their appearance. I don't think there is any one platform that is more prone to cyber bullying then the other its the way in which the bullying is put across that's the difference. It is important to always check the sites being used by your children or other family members as there are ways to make social networking safe! :) below is a great link that cyber smile have constructed all about social networks and apps

www.cybersmile.org/advice-help/category/social-networks
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Marti
I think that all social platforms are as open to bullying and abuse as each other, none of them have ID verified users so they all carry the risk. But I do feel that the big ones, especially the ones making zillions of pounds (Facebook!!) should be leading the way in reducing the risks and supporting victims.
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melia.pond
Hands down in my eyes its ASK.FM I've had a strong dislike for the site ever since it opened and i knew people were using it, as like Emelia said comments can be made anonymously therefore can cause lots of trouble as little can be done, it takes the police a while to trace the comments if reported to them. I am also aware of people who have used the site and experienced horrendous bullying from it, it makes me feel sad and that more needs to be done. There has been many problems on other sites such as Facebook and Twitter, however I do feel that Twitter and ASK.FM are two of the worse due to things being more public. With twitter I have personally had comments sent to me from people who I have not known, this has upset me as I do not know them and no way of doing anything about it other than reporting it to the site and blocking the user.
I think everyone's reasons so far for what they consider is the worse site for cyberbullying is very interesting and agree with all of them for their reasons. Would love to read more of them!
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GamerGirl
I think there is cyberbullying on most if not all social networks but I have heard more people have lots of problems with Facebook. Perhaps more importantly more people complain that Facebook does nothing about online abuse compared to other social networks.
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Spesh
Deffo ask.fm the amount of young people that have committed suicide because of anonymous bullying on there is off the scale . I think Bebo comes close as well.
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to Spesh

Thanks for the contribution SPESH, great to have you back!
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Ledah
Twitter! Definitely, Twitter! There is a user that has been reported several times for harassing multiple users on the site since October 2015 and Twitter won't do a thing about him. Blocking doesn't help either, not with him trying to backstab people and get others to turn against them. Even if he is blocked, he can still mention you and see your tweets if retweeted by other users. You won't be notified if he mentions you, but if someone you haven't blocked replies to his tweet and you haven't blocked them, then you are notified.
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LucyFur11
they all have that potential. its the person behind the keyboard that controls the abuse. Words have great effect good & bad.
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GamerGirl

In reply to LucyFur11

Couldn't have put it better myself actually! Behaviour is also the key to reducing/stopping Cyberbullying and abuse. Welcome to our community btw.
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GamerGirl

In reply to Ledah

I don't find Twitter too bad, Facebook has a STUPID amount of hate and abusive content which they refuse to address.
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heidilynnrussell
These replies are so interesting, and I didn't even know about this "Ask FM" site! Good grief!

Personally, I think Facebook has the most potential for harm, because you can do the most with it ... you can post long entries and photographs and videos and links with no character limits, etc. Then these are all interconnected to each other, and things go viral over there very quickly. I have also seen "mature" adults post terrible comments to each other -- things that you would never dream of saying if you were standing in front of the person and looking in their eyes.

My 13-year-old has been begging me for a Facebook account, and I've said no to that. I have allowed him to have a Twitter account, because he has an anime character as his avatar and can post links to little videos he does on Youtube ... and he has hardly any followers. No one knows who he really is, and I monitor the account for people who could cause him harm.

But if he had Facebook, it would be his real identity, and he would be able to connect to kids who have bullied him in the past (who I know are on Facebook already). Why allow that toxicity into his life? Until he is a little more grounded and sure of himself and knows how to brush off hurtful comments, my rule on this one is firm.

So all that is to say ... Facebook in my view is the most toxic and poisonous. In fact, the days when I choose to stay off of it are the most peaceful days.
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terky2236
I say twitter, cause one false move and you already have a painted target on your back, you have to be careful what you say.
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Marti

In reply to terky2236

Twitter can be hugely compromised by large groups sending torrents of abuse virally and this can quickly become overwhelming and extremely damaging to the person targeted. The public aspect is also a worry as Twitter is used as 'news feed' for many so this sort of abuse is almost validated by being shown as a 'current trend'. Saying that though I have found Twitter to be much better at responding to abuse than most other sites.
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kirsty123
For me it's facebook