Internet Trolls

Putin's Internet 'Troll Factory' Exposed

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK

A shadowy Russian agency that pumps out pro-Kremlin propaganda was exposed on Tuesday after a former employee took the organisation to court. Reported...

When Did Being Nasty Become a Career Aspiration?

Jake Mills | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Jake Mills

Trolling - I don't even like calling it that. The very name itself is giving it existence, giving it credibility as if it is just something that people do. It's not. Pre 2012 Trolling was just known as being a horrible bastard, now it is seen as a gateway to fame; a hall pass to be offensive and obnoxious in return for some self-satisfaction and credibility.

Twitter Will Tackle Internet Trolls By Limiting Who Can See Their Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Tech

Twitter has changed its policy and is updating the way Twitter works in a major shift that would allow the company to both block online trolls or limi...

Twitter Is Finally Testing A Troll Filter

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Tech

Twitter is making some big changes to the way it tackles online abuse from trolls. The service has just launched a prototype 'quality filter' for ...

The Damage Cyber Bullying Does Is as Bad as the Cigarette Scars On My Arms

Susan Boyle | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Susan Boyle

In my day, compared to today, it was a simpler form of bullying - not that I am condoning it in any way - but it was face to face, name calling, physical and mental hurts, you knew the name and the face of the bullies, you knew the familiar outlines as they came towards you so you could run in the opposite direction. Today not only do you have to contend with what I went through you also have to contend with the cyber bullying - the nameless and faceless who say the most disgusting things because they feel they have an anonymity and an autonomy to behave without repercussion.

This Female Game Reviewer Has A Brilliant Way Of Addressing Online Rape Threats

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK

A game reviewer who found herself receiving online rape threats had come up with an inspiring way of dealing with her trolls. Tweeting to her 13,0...

There Are More Internet Trolls Than You Can Possibly Imagine

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Tech

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...

To Troll, or Not to Troll?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Tech
Olga Levancuka

Even if the trolls are posting in response to the strange and at times controversial views of Katie Hopkins and others alike, the time to challenge the trolls has come. Because the trolls who provoke and the trolls who respond are no better.

'McCann Internet Troll' Found Dead

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK

UPDATE: Katie Hopkins Sets Off Firestorm With 'How Many More Must Die?' Tweet Aimed At McCanns The pensioner unmasked as one of the 'online trolls'...

This Is, Pretty Much, Why Gisele Is The Boss...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Prepare to watch Gisele Bündchen kick some serious ass. In the latest campaign for Under Armour, the Brazilian supermodel lets the world know what...

Jennifer Aniston, Friends or Online Foes?

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amber Melville-Brown

Maybe Jennifer Aniston is not the best example if you espouse the mantra 'live by the camera die by the camera'. She has had plenty of opportunities as a result of her media profile; she has significant resources as a result of her public profile to shield her from the worse excesses of the Internet. But she is a useful poster child to remind us of the dangers of the Internet.

This 13-Year Old's Solution For Internet Trolls Is Ingenious

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Tech

A 13-year old scientist Trisha Prabhu has come up with what she believes to be the ultimate weapon for dealing with internet trolls. The young prod...

Internet Trolls: Mind-Numbing Onslaught of Sadists

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

The internet turned out to be the most democratic space which can be accessed by everyone who can use a bit of tech to better their lives and knowledge base... Suicides, depression, anxiety, and humiliation - all these and more are associated with the internet, what with some people using it to vent their sadism out.

Breanna Mitchell's Smiling Auschwitz Selfie May Be Bad Taste, But The Backlash Is Far Worse

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Tech
Brogan Driscoll

By now you'll have probably heard of Breanna Mitchell, the teenage girl who posted a selfie smiling at Auschwitz concentration camp. Although she posted the photo some time ago (June 20th), it has only recently gone viral - clocking up more than 3300 retweets and a barrage of abuse over the past few days.

Five Things Feminist Times Taught Me About Feminism...

Kat Lister | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Lister

I'm not sure about you but I'm still figuring things out as I go along - and I don't think there is any shame in that. We might not always like what we hear but we've got to respect it all the same. The power of debate is rooted in our differences and imperfections. The tide of subsequent social and political change relies as much on our ears as our mouths.

Do Twitter Do Enough? My 'Clones' and Relentless Abuse

Rob McDowall | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech
Rob McDowall

I regularly receive Twitter comments ranging from the tame and jejune 'fag', 'fudge packer', 'cock sucker', 'spazzy' and 'ugly cunt' to the more personal and nasty 'you should have been kicked out of your mums womb', 'I'd slit your throat fag', 'You should get raped with a machete' and 'Hitler had the right idea. Put you faggot bastards in an oven at 230 degrees until crispy'.

Internet Bully Challenges Heavyweight Champ To A Fight. Boxer Agrees.

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Tech

Now, we're not condoning violence but there is something very satisfying about this clip. Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder got so fed up with th...

LOOK: This Picture Saw Sales Plummet For The Bristol Post

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK

A regional newspaper editor has revealed he lost “thousands” of sales after featuring two gay men kissing after tying the knot on the front page. ...

I'm THAT Mum Who Has 'the Most Pampered Kids in Britain' - But Let Me Set the Record Straight

Faye Jacobs | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

This week, I found myself in the firing line of an extremely controversial story published on the Mail Online and have had to endure over a thousand comments questioning my integrity, my parenting and my sheer existence. To say the last 24 hours has been traumatic would be an understatement.

'Barroco Barner' Gaffe - Another Disguised Excuse to Laugh at Women?

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hotston Moore

For many of us it has been dispiriting to read the reports and analysis, weighty and otherwise, let alone to have the meanderings of a 20-year-old receptionist making no claims to intellectual weight held as somehow totemic of education or, implicitly, women.

Taylor Swift Is a Decent Role Model for Young Women, Why Does the Internet Tear Her to Shreds?

Kate Leaver | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Leaver

It appears that hating Taylor Swift is one of the internet's favourite hobbies. Just Google her name and you're hit with a virtual tsunami of fierce hatred... But here's the thing. Hatred for Taylor Swift seems entirely arbitrary. Nobody appears able to properly justify trolling her, or disliking her. Substitute any other young pop star into any of the above-described scenarios and the public reaction would have been completely different.

Where is the Satisfaction in Being Anonymous?

Shihab S Joi | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shihab S Joi

In every corner of the Internet, there is an entire legion of writers who need to share their thoughts, yet choose to remain Anonymous. And they're not making throwaway comments either. People get fiercely attached to their online personas.

The 'Say It to Their Face' Rule

Xavier Toby | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Are you fed up with all the hateful, hurtful rubbish that's in nearly every comments section on the internet? Me too. So I've come up with a solution. The 'say it to their face' rule.

Laurie Penny and the Oppression of Women

Tony Mckenna | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Mckenna

'All men are implicated in a culture of sexism' - says Laurie, and this is a 'challenge'. But any such challenge is profoundly divisive. It is as divisive as saying all white people are implicated in a culture of racism.

Are Trolls Really Responsible for Teenage Suicide and What Can the Websites Do About Them?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

The critical thing which needs to be done is that parents, guardians, teachers and friends need to take more responsibility to protect individuals who are young (and vulnerable) to ensure that they do not receive any abuse. These people can act as the 'Watchdogs', but they must understand how the internet works...