Online bullying becomes illegal in Michigan starting today

People could face jail time for harassing others online

In two months cyberbullyingwill become illegalin Michigan.

MICHIGAN – Starting today, cyberbullying will become illegal in Michigan.  

This means people could face jail time for harassing others online. 

House Bill 5017 makes cyberbullying a crime publishable by law. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the measure into law before leaving office. The law will go into effect on March 27th.

Under provisions of the measure, any threat of violence against another person online could result in a  misdemeanor charge. Repeated threats or harassment that result in physical harm or death could lead to a 10-year prison sentence. 


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