Cyberbullying: Nakaambo turns to the cops

22 April 2020 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE
WINDHOEK

After a weekend of fierce online abuse, Robyn Nakaambo has turned to the cops.
Last Saturday, she was on the receiving end of cyberbullying after, according to Nakaambo, an Instagram user was offended by her not following anyone on the platform.
“She [@BoasFrieda] took it upon herself to screenshot my account and troll me on Twitter, a platform I am not a part of,” Nakaambo shared.
After receiving several screenshots on WhatsApp, Nakaambo reposted @BoasFrieda’s tweet in an effort to defend herself, she said.

Set an example
She advised her 96 000 followers to be wary of such bullying and “avoid people at war with themselves”, who “project their insecurities onto others”. Nakaambo further encouraged @BoasFrieda to set an example for the younger generation, instead of bashing a fellow woman.
“This ignited a spark in her and she defamed my character, alleging I’m barren and committed several abortions, among other derogatory conversations.
“Twitter had a ball retweeting these negative posts,” Nakaambo said, adding that the bullying took place from Saturday until the early hours of Monday.

Mouthpiece
The media personality said she wants to be a mouthpiece to bring attention to the fact that cyberbullying of any form should not be tolerated.
“I refuse to be a doormat for people who disregard people’s feelings and stand firm in making an example of the cyberbullies in my recent predicament.
“I collected all the threads of defamatory content written about me and presented it to the community police, who assisted me in contacting two culprits and asking them to publicly apologise for the false accusations they wrote about me,” Nakaambo said.

Apology
One of her cyberbullies has since apologised.
“I am sorry from the bottom of my heart,” Twitter user @Lomsha8 tweeted.
Nakaambo said she is currently in the process of opening a case against @BoasFrieda.
“I want her to publicly apologise for defaming my character,” she said.
Nakaambo denied knowing @Lomsha8 and @BoasFrieda.
When contacted for comment, @Lomsha8 refused to speak on the matter. “I don’t have anything to say, sir,” she said.
Attempts to reach @BoasFrieda proved unsuccessful.


TAKING A STAND: Robyn Nakaambo is taking a stand against cyberbullying. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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