Sunday, December 28, 2008

China allows civil suit and judgment in cyberbullying case in Beijing

A man in Beijing, Wang Fei, has been awarded a $1300 judgment after a cyberbullying incident that led to the suicide of his wife, a case in China that vaguely resembles the notorious Lori Drew case in the United States.

A man had posted details about his supposed affair online, resulting in multiple personal vigilante threats.

This case appears to be the first known in China relating to cyberbullying or even “reputation defense.” This sounds odd given China’s propensity for political censorship, widely reported in the media and requiring cooperation of American companies doing business there.

The Wired news story is by Kim Zetter, and appeared Dec. 22, 2008.

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