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Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyberbullying and cyberharassment are also known as online bullying. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers.[1] Cyberbullying is when someone, typically teens, bully or harass others on the internet, particularly on social media sites. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victims' personal information, or pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech).[2] Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to harm.[3] Victims may experience lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and a variety of negative emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry, and depressed.[4]

Awareness in the United States has risen in the 2010s, due in part to high-profile cases.[5][6] Several US states and other countries have laws specific to cyberbullying.[7] Some are designed to specifically target teen cyberbullying, while others use laws extending from the scope of physical harassment.[8] In cases of adult cyberharassment, these reports are usually filed beginning with local police.[9]

Research has demonstrated a number of serious consequences of cyberbullying victimization.[10]

Internet trolling is a common form of bullying over the Internet in an online community (such as in online gaming or social media) in order to elicit a reaction, disruption, or for someone's own personal amusement.[11][12] Cyberstalking is another form of bullying or harassment that uses electronic communications to stalk a victim; this may pose a credible threat to the victim.[13]

Not all negative interaction online or on social media can be attributed to cyberbullying. Research suggests that there are also interactions online that result in peer pressure, which can have a negative, positive, or neutral impact on those involved.[14][15][16]


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Cyber bullying, cyber harassment, cyber stalking  is bad but trolling is not one of them. There are types of trolling as well, like shitposting (which is blatant spam), meme-ing which is making images to either speak the truth with sarcasm or make fun of someone's claims by bringing an example and some more genres.

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