"This article studies an interesting Internet phenomenon known as Human Flesh Search which illustrates the far-reaching impacts of the Internet that is less documented. Due to its huge threat on individual privacy, human flesh search has introduced huge controversy and invited heated debate in China. This paper reviews its growth, explores the impetuses, identifies the distinctions from the alternative search engines, and summarizes the benefits and drawbacks. Furthermore, the paper develops a systematic review of the prior literature in human flesh search by surveying major sources such as academic journals, national and international conferences, and public and private databases. Finally, the paper identifies five research gaps in the literature and offers an initial interpretation and analysis of these remaining research issues. Human flesh search is still growing and the current study helps the computing field learn the past and present of this emerging phenomenon and properly manage its future development."
(Rui Chen and Sushil Sharma, 2011)
Rui Chen and Sushil Sharma (2011). Journal of Information Privacy and Security, Volume 7, Issue 1, 2011, pages 50-71.
"A father has spoken of his ordeal after being wrongly named as a paedophile on Facebook by a disgruntled neighbour. Luke Chatfield was forced to leave his job, abused in the street and had a panic alarm installed at his home in Sale, Greater Manchester. The father–of–three said his neighbour, Sally Pepper, posted the 'evil lies' due to a dispute about her loud music. A police spokesman said Ms Pepper was fined £80 for sending false messages likely to cause distress. Ms Pepper posted the message on a Facebook vigilante site for sex offenders, which has since been removed. She wrote: 'I know another one, Luke Chatfield, he works in BBs cafe, Stretford Arndale.' Another user then responded with: 'Anyone know his house number?' Mr Chatfield only found out when someone told him about it at work."
(BBC News, 18 February 2010)