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Facebook stalking

Facebook stalking

Facebook stalking definition

Following someone’s activity and gathering information about them through Facebook. Pictures, tagged posts, stories, geotags, friend lists, and other information that is available about you on Facebook can be very valuable to an online stalker. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know if someone is visiting your profile frequently, unless they tell you themselves. Therefore, it’s best to not overshare and be mindful of what personal information is available on your profile.

Dangers of Facebook stalking

Harassment. Stalkers may send threatening or harassing messages to the person they are stalking or try to intimidate them in other ways. This can cause the person to feel unsafe and may even lead to further harassment or even physical harm.

Invasion of privacy. Online stalkers may try to gather personal information about their target, such as their home address, phone number, pictures, email address, names of friends and family, and other sensitive information. This can lead to a loss of privacy and may even put the person at risk of identity theft or other crimes.

Distress. Being stalked online can be very distressing for the affected person. It can cause feelings of fear, anxiety, insecurity, and can have a negative impact on their mental health.

Damage to reputation. Online stalkers may spread false or damaging information about the person they are stalking, which can harm their professional reputation and relationships.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security