Woman in tears as strangers brand her ‘fake Kim Kardashian’ in WhatsApp trolling
A woman was left in tears after she found out that some complete strangers had cruelly mocked her in a WhatsApp group chat.
The trolls called Newcastle lass Jasmine Thompson a "fake Kim Kardashian", despite having never met her.
Jasmine, 22, found out about the nasty messages when a mutual friend sent her a screenshot, and she decided to confront them.
She's now spoken out about what she believes if a growing form of "bullying" – and to plead with people to think before they type.
"We are going through an unprecedented situation and at this time we should be lifting each other's spirits rather than try and tear them down, she said.
"This could easily have tipped someone else over the edge. And that should not happen."
After reading the messages, Jasmine said couldn't stop crying and shaking.
She continued telling Chronicle Live: "I was having panic attacks and I just didn't know what to do."
The messages show members of the group writing degrading comments about Jasmine after someone shared a photo of her wearing sunglasses and posing with a drink at Newcastle International Airport.
One of the group members wrote that Jasmine should would wear the same outfit for Halloween.
Jasmine continued: "I think people's brains are tuned in to look at other people and pick flaws, instead of picking something they actually like in someone.
"And I don't know why people think they are entitled to have that opinion about someone."
Jasmine has now pleaded for people to "be more considerate", especially on social media.
A 2018 survey by the online safety organisation Internet Matters found that most parents feared their child was being bullied in online group chats.
Talking about cyberbullying, Dan Raisbeck, co-founder of The Cybersmile Foundation, an anti-cyberbullying organisation, said: "Cyberbullying continues to deeply affect people of all ages.
"Online abuse and harassment can take a serious toll on people's mental health and has been identified as a factor in numerous suicides across the UK."
After being sent the messages, Jasmine shared screenshots of them on Facebook to show what she had experienced, adding: "Behaviour like this is unacceptable and could quite easily push someone over the edge."
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