I am being ‘bullied by adults’ online because they want to see me fail, says Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson discusses online bullying and how to cope with it
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The flourishing business strategist stressed that the more time she spends online promoting her work, the more she is exposed to hatred, as she slammed trolls for leaving appalling feedback under her posts to publicly belittle her.
And instead of making the most of the social media as a means to promote her work, reach a wider audience and further her prospects and horizons, she is confronted with the other side of the medal.
Ms Johnson suggested that she is not deterred by the abuse she is victim of, acknowledging that her traumatic childhood experience is now standing her in good stead to deal with everything that is coming her way.
But several of her clients did not have her thick skin and felt so disparaged after unwillingly finding themselves on the receiving end of hostile treatment that they made the decision to “quit” because they couldn’t “handle how much hate” they got.
Rather than being amicable or supportive, the Internet is filled with belligerent people who try to rain on her parade whenever a chance presents itself, she said.
In an interview with GB News host Nana Akua, Ms Johnson revealed that there is a hostile “online campaign” in place against her with taunts and insults popping up on her screen whenever she takes her phone and logs into her Facebook account.
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She said: “Lots of different things have happened since I started my business.
“When you are in online business, you need to be online, so you are consistently on social media.
“And the more visible I have been over the past four years the more abuse that I get online.
“And it can be anything from some competitive in the first year of my business, kind of felt a bit threatened, ganged up with each other and decided to do just consistent bullying.
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“Whether in Facebook groups or just on my online Facebook page or just in my Messenger.
“And to continue this kind of hate campaign against me.
“So many of my clients have the same experiences and unfortunately lots of them decide to quit their businesses because they can’t handle how much hate you actually do get online.”
A former victim of emotional childhood abuse in school, Ms Johnson admitted to being shocked by the amount of hateful and prejudiced comments sent by adults, who frequently have a go at her for no reason.
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She revealed that some people pretend to have worked with her by leaving fake feedback on her page, and whether it was as a little girl back in the day or a young adult now, bullying and animosity has never stopped for her.
She added: “Right the way through to people leaving really awful reviews that I’ve never worked with.
“They just try and get rid of me and make me wanna leave the online space.
“I was bullied as a kid and expected to be bullied as a kid but when I came into this kind of online business world, I didn’t expect to be bullied by adults.
“It wasn’t something I even thought about and yet it is rife.”
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