First Cyberbullying Case Won In China

December 23, 2008

China (ChattahBox) – In a case that shows the way laws are changing to adapt to a technologically advanced society, a man who was “virtually lynched” after the suicide of his wife has received 9.000 yuan in compensation, after claiming he was a victim of cyberbullying.

Wang Fei’s wife jumped off a building last year after suspecting her husband of having an affair, and posting multiple pictures of the woman she believed it to be with on a website. As it turned out, her suspicions had been correct, and after her suicide, a friend of his wife began posting Fei’s details online, including his address and home number, and place of work.

It was shortly after that he began receiving death threats from unspecified sources, and his life was made, according a Fei, a living nightmare. The bullying caused him to lose his job, have his home, as well as that of family and friends, vandalized, and Fei to suffer from insomnia and severe depression.

Fei sued the man responsible for publishing his personal details, as well as the ISP that had hosted it, but he only received a small percentage of the amount he had sought.


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One Response to “First Cyberbullying Case Won In China”

  1. Tony on December 26th, 2008 12:08 am

    I’ve read a bit about this case before and find it to be very upsetting. My biggest concern with the cyberbullying laws coming out is that they aren’t effective, just legislation to silence people who want cyberbuyllying addressed. I know there are many critics of the Missouri law that feel this was very poorly written. There does need to be legislation, but it has to be well thought out in dealing with the relatively new issue.

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