As of yesterday, Public Act 457 which prohibits cyberbullying, is effective in the State of Michigan. This bill was approved by the Governor on December 24, 2018 and makes cyberbullying a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to 93 days in prison or a fine of up to $500, or both. If a person has a prior conviction of cyberbullying, the punishment would be up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of $1,000, or both.
A person violating this law that is involved in a continued pattern would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison or a maximum fine of $5,000, or both.
The law defines “cyberbullying” as posting a message or statement in a public media forum about any person if both of the following apply: a) the message or statement is intended to place a person in fear of bodily harm or death and expresses an intent to commit violence against the person; and b) the message or statement is posted with the intent to communicate a threat or with knowledge that it will be viewed as a threat.
For a complete copy of the statute, click the image below: