Online abuse: how different countries deal with it

Nations worldwide are struggling to address issues such as harassment, defamation or revenge pornography

Online abuse is rife on social media and other sites across the globe but countries are attempting to deal with it in very different ways. As part the Guardian’s Web we want series investigating the dark side of the internet – and the efforts people are making to clean it up – we look at what different legislatures are doing.


With more internet users than any other country – 688 million, according to the government’s last count – China provides fertile ground for online abuse. The most notorious form is the so-called “human flesh search engine”, by which internet users club together to identify and then publicly humiliate online targets who have been accused of anything from corruption to infidelity or animal cruelty. Ding Jinhao, a teenager from the city of Nanjing, understands the dangers better than most. In May 2013 he was the target of a furious online campaign after another internet user accused him of carving the phrase “Ding Jinhao was here” into an ancient Egyptian temple while on holiday.


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