Social media has become so important that it shapes many of us. To some, it is the main source of information, education, and news. It forms ideas, perception, and opinions. Should we despair at our own future?
In an everyday environment, most people would think twice before they made a mean comment. They would probably not even laugh at others in public. Because that is impolite and rude. But behind a screen and on social media it all becomes different.
Anonymous cyberbullying has enormous human costs, not only in terms of ruined reputations. It is also a threat to our democracy. Anonymity may be essential to ensure free speech on the Internet. But so is accountability.