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Nearly One In Three Americans Admit To Being An Internet Troll

21/10/2014 15:51 BST | Updated 21/10/2014 15:59 BST

A YouGov poll has shown that nearly a third of Americans have 'admitted malicious online activity directed at somebody they didn’t know'.

This is despite only 45 per cent of Americans actually knowing what the term 'internet troll' means.

The survey revealed a number of alarming truths about people's behaviour on the internet including the revelation that 23 per cent of those who comment online have maliciously argued over a fact.

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Out of those that use the internet 12 per cent have openly admitted to making deliberately controversial comments as well.

It should come as no surprise then that 12 per cent have also admitted to saying something so offensive that they had their comment removed by a moderator.

Worryingly the figures seem to remain identical irregardless of whether the person is arguing about a fact or an opinion showing that on the internet, everyone is apparently wrong.

It's no surprise that the majority of the trolling witnessed is found on internet forums like Reddit however coming in at a close second is Facebook and Twitter.

With social media so close behind this should go some way to explaining the UK's own new firm stance against trolls who post offensive comments online.

The UK government recently announced that it would be quadrupling the maximum sentence for those who have posted offensive comments online extending it to two years in prison.