Governing the Risks of Cyber Bullying in the Workplace During the Era of Covid-19

  • Wan Rosalili Wan Rosli Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam, Selangor
  • Syazni Nadzirah Ya’cob Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 404050,Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mardiyah Hayati Abu Bakar Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 404050,Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mimi Sintia Mohd Bajury Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 404050,Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Keywords: cyber bullying, workplace, risks, internet, Covid-19

Abstract

With the advancement of ICT, cyberbullying has become more common than ever before, particularly in modern workplaces. With the requirement of working from home during the pandemic, cyberbullying within the workplace has skyrocketed within the past year. Cyberbullying can be classified as a traditional crime that has transcended to cyberspace as a result of technological advancements and the proliferation of numerous social media platforms. Despite widespread public concern about such crime in Malaysia, the legislative response to this crime is still somewhat slow due to the gaps in the current legislation governing cyberbullying. The legal landscape governing cyberbullying is still insufficient, due to the current legal framework being too general, making investigation and prosecution of the crime difficult. Cyberbullying can result in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, psychological problems, major physical and mental health problems, and even suicide. The purpose of this article is to investigate the notions of cyber bullying harassment, the risks associated with such crimes, and the legal and management mechanisms for dealing with such crimes. This research makes use of a doctrinal content analysis as well as secondary data from the law, academic journals, books, and online sources. According to the authors, unequal power relations in the workplace, anonymity, and cross-border connectedness are some of the rationales for cyberbullying, which can be expressed in a variety of ways with negative consequences for employers and employees alike. The inadequacy of the present traditional and computer-specific legislation in dealing with such crime necessitates the management of such crime.

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Published
2021-10-10
How to Cite
Wan Rosli, W. R., Ya’cob, S., Abu Bakar, M. and Mohd Bajury, M. (2021) “Governing the Risks of Cyber Bullying in the Workplace During the Era of Covid-19”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 6(10), pp. 334 - 342. doi: https://doi.org/10.47405/mjssh.v6i10.1079.
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