Needless to say, many unreported cases like these are likely to have occurred. In the UK, for instance, reported cases of stalking trebled in the four years from 2014 to 2018, rising from 2,882 cases to 10,214. It’s very likely that the existence and pervasiveness of social media has played a significant role in this increase, making it very tempting to conclude that we should all delete our social media accounts in order to guarantee complete safety from digital stalking.
That said, while this author would certainly welcome liberation from the pressures and obligations of social media, those who believe that they genuinely need to be online should at the very least think twice before they post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Because if we don’t routinely stop to think before publicizing our own movements, we may find that we end up letting one too many people into our lives. Continue reading “Social Media Is Fostering A Big Rise In Real-World Stalking”
While stalking your ex in person would be seen as creepy by most people, it seems that many would be very happy to do it online .
A new survey has revealed that one in four people would start a fake social media account to stalk their ex.
The survey , by Tech.Co, asked 2,000 people about their online relationships.
The results revealed that 26% would be happy to create a fake social media account – regardless of the fact that this is a form of identity fraud . Continue reading “One in four people would create a FAKE social media account to stalk their ex”
Bugging and GPS-tracking used to be so expensive that they were only used by governments and private investigators, but a quick Amazon search offers up a hidden car-tracking device for US$27 (£19). In the related items: a spy cam disguised as a USB charger, $52. These items are marketed as a “real-time teen-driving coach”, nanny cams or parental control software, but there is nothing to stop them being used for nefarious purposes. Meanwhile, law enforcement struggles to keep up: victims of stalking or online harassment are frequently told simply to stop going online, which for a 19-year-old in 2018 is like being told not to breathe air. As the National Stalking Helpline’s manager, Clare Elcombe Webber, points out, it feels like there are near-infinite technologies to help stalkers but few to help victims. Continue reading “Social media spying is turning us into a stalking society”
UK Online Stalking Laws
The most simplistic definition of online harassment is the persistent badgering of someone sexually or otherwise. However, it can also be trying to ruin someone’s reputation, hacking, slandering or imitating them incessantly. It’s a new wave of stalking that plays right into the hands of the perpetrator. Because now, we’re always switched on. We’re all online and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our phones have become so imperative for our lives and our work that when you’re a victim of cyber stalking or harassment, wherever you go your abuser now goes with you. In other words, it’s a dream scenario for anyone who has a predilection for stalkerish behaviour and also happens to have an internet connection. They can cause maximum damage with minimum repercussions because when it comes down to it, online life is still relatively new. The authorities are still playing catch up with how to understand it, let alone deal with this kind of behaviour. Rachel Hormin from National Stalking Advocacy Service, Paladin sees this far too much ‘the perpetrator is always 10 steps ahead of the police in terms of their understanding of technology,’ she tells me. ‘…the police don’t seem to understand the nature of online social media platforms, and there seems to be very few specialists employed within the police to assist.’ Continue reading “UK Online Stalking Laws”
Although stalking is illegal and dangerous, law enforcement will not take action most of the time. They did not take action in my case because there was not enough “solid evidence.” Smart stalkers love to create numerous fake profiles, and they stalk you in a manipulative way so they won’t get caught. Continue reading “Signs You Have a Social Media Stalker”