Trolling

I'd Never Been Ashamed for How I Look or for Being Proud of Who I Am - Until Yesterday

Frankie Leach | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Frankie Leach

Yesterday, I got Guido'd. Like having your photo posted on Redwatch or in the Daily Mail, this is something anyone politically active on the left may have to deal with at some point. Of course, being a young woman, the attack takes on a specific character...

Shut Up Bitch - Get Back to Ironing Your Husband's Socks

Jess Phillips | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

In the last couple of weeks I have spoken to five different young women who told me they were going to stop posting blogs and tweeting about their politics and their views... More than the violent, threatening and blatant misogyny, the worst element of this is the "shut up" bit. The "shut up bitch" is working. Women are shutting up. Not because they are scared, not because they believe the threats but because it is so tiring that whenever you speak you face hatred because of the make up of your chromosomes.

Yvette Cooper Says It's Time For 'Silenced' Women To 'Reclaim The Internet'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK

Labour MP Yvette Cooper is calling for women to "reclaim the internet", comparing increasing levels on social media abuse to harassment and stalking w...

The Specimen Who Danced His Way to LA

Sean O'Brien | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sean O'Brien

From a quiet, what I would view as a normal life in London, my whole life was initially turned upside down when these images, accompanied by the overwhelming messages of support, first appeared on Twitter. From not having any social media presence at all, within 72 hours I was to have over 70,000 followers. All of these carried the same sentiment that enough was enough and the time had come to stop making the trolling of people the norm and to use social media for the good that it was surely created for.

Brazil Is Trolling Racist Trolls With An Amazing Public Billboard Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK

A Brazilian billboard campaign is shaming online trolls by emblazoning the racist abuse they post on giant public posters. The 'Virtual Racism, Rea...

Jewish Student Takes Brave Stand Against Anti-Semitism After Vile Trolling On Twitter

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Warning: story contains graphic and offensive content When Jewish student Izzy Lenga saw pro-Hitler posters plastered over her university campus, s...

Peeple Is a Societal Nadir That Can't Be Allowed to Establish Itself

Chris Owen | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Owen

We're not a commodity and, contrary to hotels, cars, books etc. we have feelings and emotions, and are essentially pretty fragile individuals who really don't need - as the Register has dubbed it - 'slander-as-a-service'. How anyone could think this even vaguely a clever idea, and not a malicious, odious platform for bullying and nastiness is beyond me.

We Need to Stop the Online Women Haters

Bob Morgan | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Tech
Bob Morgan

We should disregard the perverse arguments - made by some - that the ability to abuse and threaten others is a free speech matter and nothing should be done - because this issue is actually about the limiting of free speech.

Sensitive Content - The State of Racial Slurs on Twitter

Josh Smith | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Tech
Josh Smith

Now, every social platform has its own internal universe of slang terms, in-jokes, unreadable acronyms and memes, and the rules of discourse on Twitter are not those of general conversation. This doesn't, however, mean that discussions on social media exist in an online bubble, isolated from the world, and language, at large.

A Day In The Life Of A 'Daily Mail' Victim

Martyn Hett | Posted 23.08.2015 | UK
Martyn Hett

I woke the following morning to find the story had been covered by the Metro, the Mirror and, most terrifyingly, the Daily Mail. Initially, I found it hilarious, before realising that I would soon become the target of the brutal and relentless weirdos who leave comments on the site.

Trolling and Disinhibition - Have We Got It Wrong?

Dr Richard Graham | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Richard Graham

Like many, I had understood that trolling, and its later forms was driven by a process of disinhibition. When individuals feel they are anonymous or invisible, they start to act as if concern for others or guilt were no longer a problem...

11 Celebrities Who Were Driven Off Twitter

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

Why Jail Time Isn't The Way To 'Treat' A Troll... By A Troll

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

Living in 'Law Limbo' as the Target of Stalking Trolls? - I Should Know

Nicola Brookes | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Nicola Brookes

Criminal trolls are winning the fight on the net. Unchallenged on website platforms that provide their secure domain, facilitating them. Offenders know networks won't identify or prevent them voluntarily and stretched police won't pursue them properly, if at all. 

Jessica Elgot

What Happened When Free Speech Campaigners Joined A Trolling Victim And Anti-Bullying Champion?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It...

Jessica Elgot

'Web Biscuits' Are Just One Reason Politicians Have Utterly Failed On Digital Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

The Police Have Better Things to Do Than Patrol Twitter

Katie Hopkins | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK
Katie Hopkins

Twitter is not the business of the police, and users should not be reporting people for what they say. We have to accept that opinions are not right or wrong. No one is the guardian of the correct answer. This is not and exam and you are not the invigilator.

Sky News Reporter 'Devastated' By Death Of McCann 'Troll' He Doorstepped

PA | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK

A journalist has spoken of his devastation at the death of a Twitter "troll" who took her own life after featuring in a television news report. An ...

Preventing Cyberbullying

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Tech
Ioan Marc Jones

There should be no limit to what people say online, as long as those words remain in the realm of free speech. Free speech allows individuals to voice their opinion however they choose, limited only if that opinion causes direct harm to another individual.

Twitter Trolls Gonna Troll, Troll, Troll

Sarah Moyes | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Tech
Sarah Moyes

I lost count of the number I got from people who were calling me everything from a slut to someone who should die because she was so ugly. Just like Lena, I found it really hard to push these sort of comments aside, even though I didn't know the people who were saying it.

Hulk Hogan 'Megatrolled' By Madeleine McCann Prankster

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK

WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan fell foul of a prankster who tricked him into retweeting a picture of missing Madeleine McCann by saying she was his "niece" w...

BBC Radio 1 - Online Bullying Is an Issue for Young People, so It's an Issue for Us

Ben Cooper | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Cooper

I'm proud our audience see Radio 1 as a safe and trusted guide, beyond making sense of the abundant musical landscape. I believe Radio 1 should continue to grow its reputation for championing the positive ways young people can change their culture in society today.

The Perils of the Internet: When Strangers Call You Out

Katie Beswick | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

Every internet addict, every fledgling journalist, every blogger, every tweeter, every newspaper comment-leaver will know what it's like to be told they're wrong, in one way or another, in no uncertain terms, by someone whose personality they've only experienced digitally.

Was 2014 The Year The Internet Truly Turned Nasty?

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK

The year 2014 will be remembered as a revolutionary 12 months online, and not always in a good way. It was the year of the biggest celebrity hack i...

Chris Grayling Has A Message For The 'Baying Cyber-Mob' Of Trolls

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK

Internet trolls will face up to two years in jail under new laws proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. The previous maximum term of six mon...