Following the rise of the Internet, the Internet has become an indispensable social tool in people’s daily life. While improving the efficiency of people’s communication, office work and social networking, it has also generated many new problems. Bullying, false information, harassment and hate speech have changed a new mentality through the Internet, which is online. Who or what organization should be responsible for such negative details? The answer is that it is not simply an organization that can be responsible for this, but a situation that can be improved only through the mutual efforts and responsibilities of individuals, network companies and the government. Corresponding education should be given at the youth stage to prevent the youth from being called the initiator of spreading negative information. They should also educate the child to make correct judgments in the face of online bullying and harassment and let the public supervise the negative information on the Internet. The company must establish a more comprehensive user supervision system and strengthen punishment for users who break the rules. For the government, it is to introduce more laws related to negative information on the Internet to supervise the behaviour of the public and Internet companies. This article will analyze how to regulate the negative information on the network from three perspectives.
People’s Quality Education under the Domination of Network
In the contemporary era, when the network platform is active, people can freely express their opinions on the network under the data shelter. When the speech is more accessible, the problem of network bullying comes along. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, “Cyberbullying is the use of digital technology for bullying. It can be carried out on social media, messaging platforms, game platforms and mobile phones. It is a repeated act aimed at intimidating, angering or humiliating the target.” Also, because of the development of the Internet, many young people and children have been exposed to the Internet too early. Digital education, online games, and social networking have occupied most young people’s lives. Therefore, the network quality education for young people is essential. The news of teenagers’ depression caused by online violence is not uncommon. For example, a 14-year-old girl named Angel Green, who has been subjected to abuse and ridicule from her classmates for many years, was nicknamed a prostitute and a slut by her classmates. Finally, she tied her life because her classmates published her on the Internet and at school. Such cases occur frequently. The video of several junior high school students beating up a girl or a boy spread crazily on the Internet as real-life examples. Cyberbullying has become the preferred method of bullying, making teenagers’ lives painful. This situation is mainly caused by the lack of discipline in young people’s Internet use. But the victims also need some self-protection methods. For the teenagers who are being bullied, if you are forced on the Internet, the best thing you can do is to tell an adult you trust. It may be challenging to start a conversation because you may feel ashamed or embarrassed. However, the situation may worsen if not addressed (Bottaro, 2022). To prevent such a thing from happening, what serious consequences will be borne if Internet bullying is made for the early education of young people? The Internet is not illegal, and Internet bullying will leave a digital footprint – a record that can be helpful and provide evidence to help prevent abuse how to stop cyberbullying.
Governance measures of network platform
The negative information on the Internet is not limited to online bullying, racial discrimination, harassment, hatred, and other statements. Because of the international and extensive nature of the Internet, it is impossible to avoid online bullying and the spread of false information only by improving personal quality, which requires the network platform to establish policy and technical support. So far, almost all social media software has blocking and reporting options, which enables users to prevent abusers from further contacting them or writing abusive content on the platform. Security or help centres advise on what to do when cyberbullying occurs and how to get help inside and outside the platform. However, this is only the first step. Some publishers use the network to hide their real identities. Even if they are punished for violating the rules, they may continue to make unscrupulous negative comments through other accounts, which requires the technology of network companies to change this phenomenon. First, the platform can be improved by asking for more user information during the registration process, and at the same time, it allows to maintain a false personality online (Matamoros-Fernández, 2017). Some larger companies, such as Facebook, have developed more detailed tools, such as social reports based on neuroscience research, to allow users to access users who they think have bullied them. They can contact those who offend them with pre-made information and ask them to delete harmful posts (Milosevic, 2019). Therefore, social media platforms are not useless. To improve the satisfaction of all users, they must introduce related policies and technologies to avoid spreading negative news and online bullying.
Government regulation of Internet users and Internet companies
In fact, the government has issued many relevant laws on network security in some countries. Therefore, it is necessary to bear specific legal responsibility for spreading rumors, harassment, and bullying. In Australia, people agree that online discussion environments should be more regulated. Social media platforms need to be more involved in content review and work with governments and citizens to ensure that they provide simple and responsive complaint reports (Goggin, Vromen, Weatherall, Martin, Webb, Sunman, Bailo, 2017). Each state also has laws and regulations on cyberbullying, varying from state to state (Gordon, 2019). In addition, many laws on Internet bullying have been issued in China, including some provisions against Internet bullying. Any minor or caregiver who suffers from cyberbullying has the right to notify the ISP to delete, block and disconnect links related to the content. Service providers must take timely action based on such requests to stop cyberbullying and prevent the spread of erroneous information (Seshadri, 2020). Even though many people think that this may involve personal privacy, most people support such a law because it can protect people’s security when using the network.
In summary, it is not the responsibility of one party to make nasty comments and bully on the network, which requires the public, network companies and the government to unite to establish a better network environment.
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