24, Apr, 2024

From Influencer to Victim: A Cyberbullying Story

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In today’s digital age, social media platforms have become integral parts of our lives, offering avenues for connection, expression, and community. However, beneath the surface of this virtual world lies a dark reality—cyberbullying. Recently, there was a case at the receiving end of a disturbing and malicious act of cyberbullying that shook us to the core.

Nayra, a 25-year-old social media influencer and tech-savvy individual from Delhi, had her entire world revolving around her social media presence and her followers. Her expertise in navigating the digital landscape made her a prominent figure in the online community, where she shared her experiences, insights, and creative content with a wide audience.

What had happened to Nayra?

Nayra (name changed) found herself in a distressing situation when she received unsettling messages from friends alerting her to a fake Facebook account bearing her name and profile picture. What made this situation even more shocking was the racially derogatory profile name and objectionable details, including a falsely labelled relationship status as “divorced.” This blatant misuse of her identity and the spreading of offensive content left her feeling violated and deeply troubled.

Finding Support and Taking Action

With the help of a friend and CyberBAAP, Nayra began navigating the complexities of the situation. Our team guided her to promptly report the fake account and block the cyberbully, ensuring a swift response. We also offered support in reporting the incident to legal authorities and provided guidance on addressing potential identity theft, defamation, or hate speech through the appropriate channels.

Protecting Yourself Online

In today’s digital age, online safety is paramount. Here are some key steps to safeguard yourself:

  • Be Cautious with Personal Information: Avoid sharing sensitive personal information online, such as full name, address, phone number, or financial details, to reduce the risk of identity theft.
  • Stay Updated with Security Measures: Keep your devices, including smartphones and computers, updated with the latest security patches and antivirus software to protect against malware and cyber threats.
  • Secure Social Media Accounts: Use strong, unique passwords for your social media accounts and enable two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever possible to add an extra layer of security.
  • Verify Accounts and Messages: Verify the authenticity of accounts and messages before engaging with them, especially if they seem suspicious or request personal information.


Strategies to overcome the emotional turmoil:

Seek Support: Encourage the person to seek emotional support from trusted friends, family members, or mental health professionals to cope with the emotional impact of cyberbullying.

Self-Care: Emphasize the importance of self-care practices such as mindfulness, relaxation techniques, physical exercise, and engaging in hobbies or activities that bring joy and distraction.

Positive Reinforcement: Provide positive reinforcement and validation, reminding the person that they are not alone and that cyberbullying is unacceptable behavior.

Community Support: Encourage participation in support groups or online communities for cyberbullying victims, where they can share experiences, receive advice, and find solidarity.

Focus on Recovery: Encourage focusing on recovery and moving forward positively, rather than dwelling on the negative experience of cyberbullying. This may involve setting goals, seeking new opportunities, and rebuilding self-confidence.

A Call  Towards a Safer Online World

Nayra’s experience serves as an important reminder of the importance of online safety and awareness. It underscores the urgent need for stronger measures to safeguard against online harassment and identity theft. By staying vigilant, educating ourselves about online scams, and taking proactive measures to protect our digital identities, we can create a safer online environment for everyone.


Source: Cases reported on our portal.All identification information has been changed to safeguard the privacy of the victims  

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