Social networking platforms need to do more to help tackle the evil of cyber-stalking and bullying, a new report has claimed.
The report, which studied online harassment and cyber-stalking, revealed that most victims believe that they didn’t get proper support from the authorities and service providers like Facebook, The Telegraph reports.
The study was conducted by the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research at the University of Bedfordshire, which surveyed visitors to the Network for Surviving Stalking.
The authors of the report claimed that victims of online harassment and cyber-stalking suffered from relationship break-ups, post-traumatic stress disorder and stress.
The study, which was presented to MPs for consideration, asked for social networks like Facebook to come up with concrete steps to provide help and support for people who have complained of online harassment.
“It may be tempting to dismiss cyberstalking and harassment as somehow less real than ‘traditional’ stalking methods,” the report read.
“However, the effects on the victim can be very real. The psychological effects can be devastating, producing verifiable psychological trauma and damage, regardless of whether the victim ever actually meets their harasser,” it continued.