Cyberbullying—bullying through electronic devices and social media—is a twenty-first-century version of an age-old problem. A recent national survey indicates that 59% of teens report having been the targets of cyberbullying. The problem has gotten so pervasive and serious on Instagram (including tragic stories of young people committing suicide after being bullied on the site) that in 2019 Instagram began implementing some anti-bul- lying tools. One tool is designed to detect what may be a bullying post and asks the user, “Are you sure you want to post this?” Another tool enables users to restrict who can see comments that a particular individual makes on their posts.
Bullying is not limited to young people. Bullying in the workplace is also a worldwide problem. Mehwish Majeed and Saima Naseer note how detrimental it can be on workers, and they describe workplace bullying as “a global epidemic equally affecting all employ- ees irrespective of their educational backgrounds and job status.”
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