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Do we need tougher cyber bullying laws?

September 30th, 2010
12:02 PM ET

A Rutgers University student who apparently committed suicide was the unknowing target of an internet broadcast showing him in a sexual encounter with another man, according to New Jersey authorities in the United States.

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/30/facebook.art.jpg
caption="Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off a bridge."]

Two other Rutgers students have been charged with invasion of privacy after they allegedly placed a camera in 18-year-old Tyler Clementi's dorm room without his knowledge and then broadcast Clementi's sexual encounter, according to the Middlesex County prosecutor's office.

Dharun Ravi, 18, of Plainsboro, New Jersey, and Molly Wei, 18, of Princeton, New Jersey, are each charged with two counts of invasion of privacy for the September 19 broadcast, according to the prosecutor's office.

Two more counts of invasion of privacy were leveled against Ravi for an attempt to videotape another encounter involving Clementi on September 21, the prosecutor's office said.

Ravi also allegedly posted on his Twitter profile that he was preparing to broadcast the secret encounter on the internet on a second occasion.

"Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it's happening again," he allegedly wrote on his Twitter page.

The tragic death raises new questions over whether this incident should be prosecuted as an invasion of privacy or whether it is a case of cyber bullying.

We want to know what you think?

Was this simply a dramatic invasion of privacy? Was this a case of cyber bullying because it involved social media tools like iChat, Twitter and Facebook?

What do you think? Please leave your comments below.

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