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There is a prohibition to embarass other people (Sanhedrin 99a).

Does this apply also to anonymous online people despite that nobody knows their identity and therefore they should not feel embarassed but they actually might anyways?

(this could apply for example in posting excessively harsh comments to someone on this site.)

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10693/472 (asks specifically about lashon hara) – Monica Cellio Apr 17 '14 at 15:43
What a silly question, you nincompoop! :) (+1) – Y ez Apr 17 '14 at 17:24
Also tangentially related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/23296/… – Isaac Moses Apr 18 '14 at 14:25

Answering this as a logical question would seem to include "lifnei ivar lo siten michshol" which also includes "blessing" a deaf person who would not hear you. When you say embarassing an "anonymous" person, does this mean for example causing embarrassment to someone by using his (or her) login name (such as my SabbaHillel reference). In this case, since I know that I am being referenced (even if no one else does) then it would indeed be lashon Hara and malbin pnei chaveiro. If you make up a name that no-one knows, then it is "cursing a deaf person".

In either case both are asur and the person causing the embarrassment has violated the commandment in the Torah. The Chafetz Chaim points out that unless there is a necessity (such as preventing a crime) one must not speak lashon hara (which implies that the statement is true). Of course if the statement is not true, the it is motzi shem ra which is forbidden as well.

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according to this judaism.stackexchange.com/a/10764/1857 seems like not a problem of lashon hara – ray Apr 18 '14 at 7:15
@ray The point is that if the person being spoken about knows it or someone can figure out who is meant, it is lashon hara. – sabbahillel Apr 18 '14 at 10:31

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