Big Issue Column: Internet Trolls

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deli80
deli80

I was trolled by someone anonymous who attempted to sabotage my business (I am self employed). And the police did nothing about it because it's almost impossible to police Facebook unless you threaten legal action against FB. The police don't bother with malicious online comms unless it's to do with terrorism or fraud...........it's a simple as tracing the IP address, but police won't do that because there is so much trolling and cyber bullying that goes on.  I was told that because I am a public figure (in the very small sense because my business is public) I was always going to vulnerable to stuff like this. So although its true that the victims can ignore it and not engage the troll, it can have very real ramifications for a persons livelihood. Personally I think everyone should be allowed to earn their living and live their life as long as they don't harm others. No-one is forced at gun point to watch TOWIE, it has struck a chord with people whether we like it or not. 

Alanbeales1
Alanbeales1

What................................................

 

badwolf
badwolf

I don't preceive that that as "problem trolling", i think it becomes a problem when it goes from banter to down right malicious, if your saying to a cast of TOWIE how mono-symbollic they are, then that's more banter, but if a person has lost their child or loved one, then you start getting sick messages about how they are glad they have died, that is when i think intervention needs to step in, one case recently of a mother who stood up to an "online troll" had pictures of her children copied, put online stating she was a bad mother and that her kids could be rented out to pedophilles, far as i'm concerned that is no longer banter,the same with online bullying and trolling, how can you say to a parent who's chilld has just took their own life, "sorry to hear, but it was only a bit of banter", yes there are some cases where, it has been over sensitive, BUT it's also a stark warning for those idiots out there, that you are not safe and undetectable, and your vile comments will catch up with you and rightly so.

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