Recently, Filza Fatima, a Coldplay fangirl posted this message on the band’s Facebook page
Her gesture was appreciated by many
People couldn’t contain their excitement
Lots of appreciation was sent her way
And some pretty valid points were raised
However, amidst all the support and love, Filza was privately messaged by one guy who chose to attack her for the message and primarily aimed to break down her spirit.
She became a victim of cyber harassment, simply because she chose to voice her love for the band on a public platform.
The messages were extremely offensive
And seemed to target Filza for no apparent reason
Talking to MangoBaaz, Filza talked about how she received this message right after she posted her message to Coldplay’s Facebook page. She was extremely shaken by the incident and could not comprehend why she had been targeted. She also wondered if the hatred spewed over the internet could translate into real actions. After she spoke out about this, she was contacted once more by the same guy:
He kept piling on the insults incessantly
Finally, she shut him down by letting him know he had been blocked
Incidents like these are not uncommon. Internet trolls hide behind the safety of their screens, firmly believing that there is no form of accountability whatsoever. However, much like Filza, you can also report an incident like this, should you ever be on the receiving end. One of the ways in which you can hold internet trolls like these accountable is by filing a complaint with the team working at Digital Rights Foundation. Set up by Nighat Dad – a lawyer and an activist- and her team, Digital Rights Foundation aims to make the internet a safer place for its users. A team of highly skilled lawyers and psychologists is set in place in case any form of help or advice is sought. The team at Digital Rights Foundation accepts complaints on their Facebook page and have a cyber harassment helpline set up as well, which is functional Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.
While we hope incidents like these do not become commonplace, it is a relief to know that outlets that hold perpetrators of cyber harassment accountable are functional. Here’s hoping no one ever has to go through something like this. What do you think about this incident? Let us know in the comments.