Physical bullying is less likely these days, but instances of cyberbullying continue to increase. The Department for Education discovered that more than one in ten young people say they have experienced cyberbullying. It’s a shame. It isn’t too difficult to believe that social media platforms weren’t built with the purpose of enabling or encouraging people to be mean to each other. The ability to be anonymous and the convenience of smartphones and tablets have a lot to answer for. Let’s see what each platform has to say on the matter, and how they encourage people to be nice to each other:

 

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“We don’t tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow you to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but remove content that appears to purposefully target private individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them.” More

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“We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.” More


“We want you to use YouTube without fear of being subjected to malicious harassment. In cases where harassment crosses the line into a malicious attack, it can be reported and the content will be removed. In other cases, users may be mildly annoying or petty and should simply be ignored.”
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“We want to foster a positive, diverse community. We remove content that contains credible threats or hate speech, content that targets private individuals to degrade or shame them, personal information meant to blackmail or harass someone, and repeated unwanted messages. We do generally allow stronger conversation around people who are featured in the news or have a large public audience due to their profession or chosen activities.” More

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“Snapchat is about sharing moments and having fun. Our goal in creating these rules is to accommodate the broadest range of self expression while balancing the need for Snapchatters to be able to use our service safely and enjoyably.Don’t send people Snaps they don’t want to receive—especially if the Snap is mean.” More

 

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“We want Pinterest to be a friendly place for everyone. It’s important that people are able to express themselves here, and we recognize that discussing celebrities or people in the news can sometimes involve critical or even mean-spirited comments. We don’t want to stifle these conversations, so we won’t necessarily take down stuff that attacks people in the public eye. But if this sort of conversation rises to the level of bullying or harassing a private individual, we’ll take it down.” More

 

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“Be Nice. LinkedIn shouldn’t be used to harm others. Terrorists and those who engage in violent crimes are not welcome on LinkedIn. It is not okay to use LinkedIn’s services to harass, abuse, or send other unwelcomed communications to people (e.g., junk mail, spam, chain letters, phishing schemes). Do not use LinkedIn’s services to promote or threaten violence or property damage, or for hate speech acts like attacking people because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political or religious affiliations, or medical or physical condition.” More

 

Nice ending, Linkedin. ‘Be nice’. It is possible to disagree nicely, and criticise nicely – it just takes a little thought. If you feel bullied on any of the above platforms, you can find out more about what they think about it by clicking on the links above. If you’d like me to add any platforms to this list, send me a link to their community guideline statement.