Social media ‘emboldens’ stalkers to take action, warns expert

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Social media is acting as a “catalyst” for stalkers to act on delusional beliefs, England’s most senior clinician working with perpetrators has warned.

Frank Farnham, the clinical lead at the National Stalking Clinic and a consultant forensic psychiatrist, said there was increasing evidence that stalkers were “emboldened and galvanised” by the realisation that others share conspiracy theories or deep-seated resentment towards high-profile figures.

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Category: Mental Health