The lure of the shame game: Are online vigilantes going too far?

Online vigilantes instigating others to go too far to exact revenge on alleged wrongdoers

Self-styled online vigilantes, who attempt to execute social justice for perceived wrongdoing by digging up all they can on perpetrators and spreading the information online, are turning out to be instigators - spurring others to go too far to exact revenge on their targets.

The Sunday Times has found that victims - whether mistakenly targeted or not - often suffer depression or anxiety.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 22, 2018, with the headline 'The lure of the shame game'. Print Edition | Subscribe