But just as social media can tear someone down, it can pick them right back up.
Now, some of USA's most powerful women are rallying behind the gold medal gymnast by showing their support for Douglas via Twitter. Celebs and fans alike are drowning out the hate with the hashtag #Love4GabbyUSA.
Douglas has faced intense criticism since the games began. Social media users have slammed the gymnast for her facial expressions, not placing her hand on her heart during the national anthem, and even her hair.
Here's a look at some of the love now being sent Douglas' way:
Douglas, grateful for the support, tweeted back at Jones.