Understanding Online Shaming: What is It And is It Legal?

Aaron Minc is a nationally recognized leader in the specialized area of Internet defamation and is known as the go-to attorney for the most malicious Internet defamation crises.
Last updated on: February 24, 2021
Public humiliation or public shaming is a form of punishment. Its purpose is to dishonor or disgrace a person in a public way, and it can have disastrous consequences for both individuals and businesses. Online shaming is the digital form of public shaming that emerged with the rise of the internet, through which victims are shamed and humiliated online.
Understanding Online Shaming: What is It And is It Legal?

Common examples of online shaming and call-out culture include:

Public call-outs and cancellations;


Negative online business reviews;

Revenge porn (also known as nonconsensual pornography).

Perhaps you’ve seen this when someone posts a call-out on your social media timeline or shares an embarrassing photo with humiliating comments. At Minc Law, our practice is dedicated to stopping online harassment as quickly as possible and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.

In this article, we will dive into the following topics:

The history of public shaming;

Dangers of internet shaming;

Reasons to avoid publicly shaming someone online;

The legality of publicly shaming someone on the internet;

How to avoid being publicly shamed.

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