I'm a member of a writing group on another website with several other people - two of whom I had a disagreement with roughly a month ago (We'll call them person a and b). I continued visiting person A & B's blogs - never to harass or stalk, but because I legitimately didn't know there was an issue between us until a few days ago. The administrators of this group saw that Persons A & B had broken the rules and removed them from the group. They felt that I was at fault and each sent me harassing messages before I had the chance to block their accounts.
After being blocked, person B publicly posted my IP address, location, screen resolution, browser I was using - and told people to avoid me and that they should 'watch their backs'. My father was a correctional officer for the state department of corrections for over 25 years, so we've always been very careful about private information being released due to not wanting it to fall into the wrong hands.
Does that rise to the level of cyber harassment or cyber stalking? What should I do, besides blocking them and reporting the malicious post to the site staff?
It might. You should consult with a local attorney to review the posts and information shared. Public information can be shared. It is more likely they could be liable for libel or tortious interference with business depending on exactly what they posted about you. Good luck.
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I believe blocking them and reporting the malicious post to the site staff is a good first step.
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