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I want to know, if you can get someone charged with cyber bulling.

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I want to know, if you can get someone charged with cyber bulling. Or even slander. My ex partner and his on and off partner, continually write derogatory, and sometime threatening comments about me on Facebook. Something's they just completely make up, or they take pieces of truth and twist them to look like I'm an evil vindictive person. I have a child with my ex, and I made it part of the contact order that neither of them are allowed to write these comments anymore as it's very upsetting for me. My ex partner had stopped since the order, but everytime he splits up with his girlfriend she writes things about him and me. It has been going on for a while now. The earlier comments were just plain disgusting, and in one comment she threatens to spit in my face. I can't stand it anymore, I left the area I was living in because she would tell everybody these terrible things about me, and people in my home town have started to hate me, believing these terrible lies. She is a bully, but she is provoked by my ex. Is there anything I can do about it

Thank you for your question. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will try to help with this.

There isn't an offence of cyber bullying in the UK. There's been a good deal of talk about it but no legislation on the point.

This may amount to harassment. Generally speaking police officers are reluctant to waste resources on comments on Facebook but if this is repeated contact then they probably would give her a harassment warning to stop her making contact directly or indirectly.

Whether this is defamation or not depends on what is being said exactly. If its just general abuse then it wouldnt' amount to defamation but may be malicious communication.

You could always sue in civil harassment though but there would be costs in that.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more information.


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