Internet Trolls

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 18.03.2014 | 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 14.03.2014 | 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...

Social Networks Don't Kill Teenagers, Bullies Do

Christina Sweeney-Baird | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Christina Sweeney-Baird

Schools also need to wake up to the fact that there is a strong need for that half hour PSHE lesson each week to include one of the most significant parts of a school pupils life. Making it clear to children that they can report online abuse to teachers, parents and if necessary the police, is vital. Caution needs to be encouraged.

From the Inappropriate to the Criminal: The Internet War We Must All Fight

Amy Licence | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Tech
Amy Licence

Almost straightaway the negative reactions began. While there is always a valuable place for disagreement and the sort of comment that can develop an article's argument or add to it, this eleven-year-old's writing incited such descriptions as "feminist bull-shit" and ambiguous statements that the author belonged "to a certain tribe."

Could Twitter's Verified Accounts Be the Answer to Stopping Tweet Threats?

Mark Wilson | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Tech
Mark Wilson

Perhaps Twitter should consider looking at verified accounts in a completely different way... maybe it should be a compulsory part of signing up for an account. If you've handed over government issued identification papers during sign-up (driving license, passport etc) to prove who you are, you're significantly less likely to start sending out death threats - unless you're stupid.

Twitter Silence Sums Up Everything Men Hate About Women

Katie Hopkins | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Katie Hopkins

Men don't tend to do sulking. If there is an issue, they address the issue. Everyone feels better and cracks on with their day job. Later they will go for a drink and talk about cricket. Equally, if you are going to play the PMT card and stomp about ... you really need to be sure you haven't been a bit of an arse on Twitter yourself. Duplicity does not work.

Like Yesteryear's Handwringing Over Black Muggers or Violent Mods, The Fuss Over Internet Trolls Is a Classic Moral Panic

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Brendan O'Neill

The panic about these keyboard-tapping folk devils, this handful of very sad men who are said to pose an existential threat to the safety and self-esteem of the whole of womankind, conforms precisely to Cohen's definition of a moral panic. With one difference: the moral panic over trolls has even less substance.

Troll Over - Four Ways to Stop Online Abuse

Simon Cohen | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Simon Cohen

Online abuse is a complex issue with no easy answer, but we can all take steps to rid the world of trolls. First, stop using the word, and get real. Be compassionate, caring, and kind towards each other. Let's all live by the The Golden Rule of Twitter - tweet others as you would like to be tweeted yourself.

What to Do With Internet Trolls?

Sammy Sultan | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Tech
Sammy Sultan

Assuming we can identify trolls effectively, the question remains as to what fate should befall them? Well, if it were up to me, severe Internet trolls would spend an arbitrary amount of time behind bars. I believe trolling to be that serious an offence.

In Praise of Web Anonymity

Sharon O'Dea | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Tech
Sharon O'Dea

In the two decades since, the web has opened up communication and ideas in ways few dreamed possible. As a tool which enables people to speak freely with others all over the world, putting thousands of information sources at our fingertips, the web has fuelled revolutions and overthrown governments.

Twitter Needs To Find Its Safe Place

Melissa Davis | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Melissa Davis

On a practical level, it's easy to see how self-policing might be hard to do. As was demonstrated with several of the offending accounts, as soon as Twitter suspended an account, the perpetrator simply opened a new one and began the same series of ugly threats and comments.

Troll Is New Face Of £5 Note

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Following weeks of tireless hate campaigning, the new face of the £5 note has been revealed as that of a troll. "Their work is incredible, often b...

CHART: Are You A Troll?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Comedy

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What if Time Travel is Possible?

Graham Welch | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Today's cybercriminals are professional, well-funded, and highly motivated. Many of their attacks take place over a period of weeks, months or even years and are often highly focused and targeted.

Why Trolls Matter

Dr Brooke Magnanti | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Brooke Magnanti

So, here's a thought: without the trolls, the internet wouldn't be worth having. No doubt you've heard by now that anonymous commenters who are destroying the web, vicious trolls who are gleefully trampling on the virtual communities that other people have calmly and carefully built from the electronic ground up. And that's where I'd say we have it all wrong. The internet doesn't simply encourage trolls, it thrives precisely because of them.

Madeleine's Mother Kate McCann Reveals Internet Abuse As She Prepares To Run London Marathon

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK

Kate McCann has revealed she has been the target of internet trolls as she prepares to take part in Sunday’s London Marathon. The 45-year-old, w...

'Sharing Christ's Table With Satan'

SWNS | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK

A priest who has allowed Muslims to pray in his church has told how he has been hit by a barrage of abuse by internet 'trolls'. St John's Episcopal...

Withheld Number, Withheld Responsibility

Dale Bilson | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Tech
Dale Bilson

'Trolling' is not a new phenomenon. In fact I'm sure it is a practice which has existed ever since remote communication began. And the trollers have a tool which is even more powerful, and far more established, with which to terrorise their victims - the withheld number.

Delete Abusive Tweets, And You May Not Get Nicked

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK

Swiftly deleting abusive tweets may save offenders from being brought before court, the country's leading prosecutor has said. Keir Starmer, direct...