Blackmail on social media: What do we know and what remains unknown?

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Abstract

Increasing numbers of people fall victim to blackmail on social media. Yet, there has been little attempt to synthesise research on this topic. This study seeks to address this gap by investigating what is currently known about blackmail and the disclosure of sensitive information on social media. Two rapid reviews were conducted and based on their findings those who disclose more information, are younger, female and willing to use social media to create and distribute images are more likely to fall victim to blackmail on social media. However, worry about privacy and the possibility of becoming a victim of blackmail did not necessarily prevent the disclosure of sensitive information on social media. The implications of these findings for interventions and future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-540
Number of pages16
JournalSecurity Journal
Volume34
Issue number3
Early online date04 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 06 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • cybercrime
  • social media
  • blackmail
  • self-disclosure
  • social media crime
  • sensitive information

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