The media often refer to leaving insulting or unflattering comments on social networks as "cyberbullying."
Like this case, where a girl falsely wrote on Facebook that another girl had herpes:
But cyberbullying is harassment that takes place on the internet. And harassment requires repeated, unwanted contact with the subject of one's speech; however, leaving comments in a place that is not associated with the subject of one's speech, like a Facebook profile that does not belong to the subject, is not contacting the subject. At most, leaving comments seems like defamation, and even then only if it's a false assertion of fact.
Writing "X is ugly" on a profile that belongs to Y cannot be cyberbullying, right?
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