Facebook cyber bully targets individuals with 'name and shame'
A FACEBOOK page created this week was shut down after causing outrage by posting users' profiles in an abusive way.
The page, called Name & Shamed : Shepton Mallet, stated it would "find all of the **** in Shepton [sic] including the bullies and the wasters there facebook profiles wil be posted on here for the **** to be shamed !!!".
The page was full of profanities and insults and was reported by several Facebook users and subsequently removed.
Five Facebook profiles were directly linked to on the page and other names have been mentioned.
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One of those identified said: "I just think it's pathetic to be honest, why people feel the need to write stuff about people for no reason is beyond me.
"They are cowards and are targeting certain people who have done nothing wrong.
"It should definitely be taken down."
Shepton town councillor Simon Davies said: "I'm shocked that this sort of page can be left on Facebook in the first place. I am very surprised that Facebook can't block such a page which uses repeated foul language.
"Self-generated social media is perhaps one of the best initiatives to develop from the wider internet.
"To have someone (or a group) hijacking a good platform for their own twisted efforts is a pretty poor show.
"Even if you leave to one side the poor grammar – to have such a faceless bully exposing other people for apparently no good reason is, I believe, the very pits of behaviour.
"Cyber bullying is a cheap and very damaging way to get to people; especially young people who hang a lot of their personal life around having an online profile. It is an important part of some people's lives to use online media for day-to- day living.
"To be hounded and bullied this way is not on – and more importantly for those who are behind this weird creation; all can be fully tracked by the police.... so there's no hiding place."
Another site, called Spotted Hillmead, is still live on Facebook.
It allows users to post anonymous comments and many directly target a single person or business.
One person affected by the site called for action over that one too.
They said: "I think it's disgusting.
"How can people build an anonymous page to cyber bully teenagers and get away with it?
"It's so discriminating, it intimidates people.
"Teens will lose their self-confidence."