Tabloids traditionally have gone after the rich and famous. On TikTok, anyone can be a target.
Jokes and satire can build resilience but also spread misinformation as people don’t always know what is trustworthy and what is just funny.
In the age of social media and online self-promotion, being the subject of a moral panic can not only be a source of pride, but also an inducement to offend.
The internet and social media have expanded the potential for more enduring forms of non-judicial punishment by way of continued denigration, humiliation and abuse.