Netflix Black Mirror Star Bullied on Twitter
Actor Will Poulter of Netflix’s Black Mirror – Bandersnatch is taking a break from Twitter due to criticism from online bullies. The new Netflix show features Poulter as a video game designer with spikey blonde hair and glasses. His appearance elicited responses that insulted his looks.
In his statement on social media to address cyberbullying and his mental health, Poulter states, “As we all know there is a balance to be struck in our engagements with social media. There are positives to enjoy, and inevitable negatives that are best avoided. It’s a balance I’ve struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health, I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media.” This is not the first time Poulter was bullied online. After starring in the movie “We’re The Millers”, the internet proclaimed that he had the most punchable face.
The Maze Runner actor ended his Twitter note stating that he will still post on social media occasionally to show his support for organizations that want to prevent bullying. This proves that cyber-bullying affects more than school-aged children. Poulter is not the only celebrity to take a break from social media due to mental health. Other celebrities that decided to take a break from the big blue bird (Twitter) include Kanye West, Ruby Rose, Selena Gomez, Pete Davidson, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and more. This proves that cyber-bullying extends to any age group including celebrities, and even in the workplace.
Cyber Bullying Is On The Rise, But People are Fighting Back
As a matter of fact, cyberbullying on social media sites, through text messages, and more, prompt responses from private companies like Instagram and Google, or young app developers. To prevent cyberbullying, Michigan’s Governor signed a bill into a law that makes online bullying a crime that is punishable by jail time and a fine.
In 2016, Selena Gomez stated, “Because of social media, because of all the pressure that girls have, it’s so difficult… Now it feels more zoomed in – you have ugly people trying to get negative things from you, and the energy makes you feel bad about yourself.” No one is immune to cyberbullying. While celebrities are often targets of online bullies, most use this as a way to bring online bullying into the spotlight. In a way, it gives those who aren’t famous a voice in the fight against online bullies.
Responding to cyberbullying can be difficult. One of the most common solutions is to block the person attacking you, however, social media sites allow for users to create a new account within seconds. New accounts, fake e-mails, and IP blockers allow these users to remain anonymous online which means blocking a user is not effective. However, there is a solution to stopping an online bully who hides behind usernames, and blockers and that is a digital forensic investigation.
Digital Forensics and Online Bullying
SecureForensics can help anyone uncover the true identity of an online bully. Unlike Michigan, most states do not see cyberbullying as a crime and therefore do not dedicate resources to finding the bully. However, at SecureForensics we do have the resources and team with decades of experience to help you unveil a bully. Once the bully is discovered, we will help you build a court admissible report and give you peace of mind. To discuss your case, call us at 1-800-288-1407 for a free phone consultation.