Cyberbullying Can Be Devastating
Here at Crypto Clothesline, we’ve asked a number of experts and enthusiasts in their fields to comment on the areas of interest that came up in the interview with CryptoGat (Ivan S.) who has over 70k followers on Twitter and recently had a fall from grace after he was found to be part of a market manipulation scheme.
Dr Sophie Henshaw of Henshaw Consulting & Empaths Online, psychologist and expert on workplace bullying, comments on Crypto Clothesline in regards to our interview with CryptoGat (Ivan S), who reveals the extent of the cyberbullying he experienced recently.
In our interview with CryptoGat on the Clothesline, we came to understand that after the debacle of being discovered involved in a potential cryptocurrency ‘pump and dump’ scheme, he received death threats, had his personal information hacked and was held to ransom for his crypto accounts. In addition, he spent a period of time living in grave fear for the safety of himself, his family, friends and loved ones.
“…at times cyberbullying can be devastating and lead to even suicide. People move away, even overseas at times in an attempt to get away from it, but since cyberbullying is online, they’re always a potential target, no matter where they go.”
In terms of CryptoGat receiving hundreds of hate messages daily, Dr Henshaw suggests “…you need to be really single-minded” to get through this level of abuse.
“People project their hatred, anger, rage, helplessness onto a convenient target under the guise of anonymity.”
But she warns that the internet has a long memory, and records of this kind of “keyboard warrior” behaviour can almost always be found. Even if you’ve deleted unpleasant material you’ve written, chances are that someone’s taken a screenshot, which means your words remain beyond the ether.
Dr Sophie Henshaw’s rule: Never ever put online that you would feel uncomfortable with being on the front page of the paper.