Chris was convicted of robbing houses. Twenty years after his conviction his records were expunged. One day Chris’ employer finds his arrest record online. As a result, Chris is fired. This is an instance of ______.
A) digital punishment
B) online punishment
C) digital stalking
D) online stalking
The correct answer is B) online punishment.
Even though Chris’ record was expunged, the fact that it still existed online led to negative consequences in the form of losing his job. This is an example of online punishment, which refers to the negative consequences that individuals can face as a result of information about them that is available online, even if it is inaccurate or outdated.