Trolls

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

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 22.07.2014 | 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.

What It Feels Like to Be the Target of Anonymous Trolls

Grant Feller | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Grant Feller

My family, it appears, are a 'bunch of ugly, sad losers'. My wife is so 'desperate' to leave me that she will '**** the next man she has a drink with'. My beautiful children are, variously, 'pathetic... spoilt... probably adopted' because I am 'unable to get it up... a waste of space... a miserable, untalented tosser'. Worst of all though, my kitchen is 'hideous'. So this is what being trolled feels like... The other week I wrote what I felt was a thought-provoking, if slightly tongue-in-cheek, confessional about my enforced 12-month sabbatical as a stay-at-home dad trying to set up a new business after sudden redundancy.

Five Things Feminist Times Taught Me About Feminism...

Kat Lister | Posted 17.07.2014 | 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.

Fiona Bruce Hits Out At 'Misogynistic' Men Making Online Comments

PA | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

Newsreader Fiona Bruce has hit out at the "large number of men" making misogynistic comments online and revealed that she enjoys a cocktail before pre...

On Being Called A Nazi

Jemma Wayne | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

It was a revelation this month to discover that calling for tougher curbs on smoking, made me a Nazi. Strike that, it was a surprise when my (admittedly provocative) Huffington Post article received a slew of 'she's a Nazi' comments, when my twitter account was inundated with trolls, when I received hate E-mail...

Stop Shaming Breastfeeding Women

Kiran Chug | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

We shouldn't need breastfeeding champions to assert our rights as women. We shouldn't need to stage mass public breastfeeding events to assert our rights as mothers. We shouldn't need outpourings of support online to assert our rights to feed our children.

QUIZ: Philosopher Or Troll?

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK

On International Women's Day, HuffPost UK wanted to mark another year of thuggish trolling with a little game. Misogyny hasn't always relied on me...

The Real Reason Those Sad Twitter Trolls John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley Were Sent To Jail

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

To all those people saying, "This isn't a free speech case, they were simply jailed for making death threats!", I say: "Not so fast..." Firstly, because they were not found guilty of committing the old offence of "threatening to kill or murder any Person"; and secondly, because the act that they were found guilty under does, very clearly, have implications for free speech

Kevin Healey's Anti Bullying Autism Awareness Documentary Launched on YouTube

Jo Worgan | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

The documentary itself is a short film which is hard hitting, powerful and emotional. It features celebrities who talk about their own personal experiences of bullying and hate crime as well as the views of Leo Andrade-Martinez who is mother to a grown up son on the autistic spectrum.

Talksport To Boycott Twitter After Collymore Abuse

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Sport

Radio station talkSPORT is to boycott Twitter in protest at the lack of action by the social media network over the abuse directed at one of its prese...

Trolling Stays With You, Long After the Abuse

The Conversation UK | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

Online abuse is more akin to a slow poison that continually erodes confidence, security, and peace of mind. Dealing with it is not easy, either for the target or investigative bodies, but we must get better at recognising that it is as "real" as offline abuse.

Anatomy of a Twitterstorm

Dale Bilson | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Tech
Dale Bilson

A funny thing happened to me over Christmas. After over 16,000 attempts, suddenly I tweeted something that went viral. At the last count it had received 1,231 retweets, and at midnight on Christmas Eve, I was trending 11th in the United Kingdom.

Student Pulls Off Epic Prank On Live TV (VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK

Hats off to University of Houston student Sayed Jamal Hamideh, for epically pranking a news channel. A straight-faced Hamideh spoke to ABC 13 News...

A Comment on Comments

Emily Buchanan | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Tech
Emily Buchanan

If my blog post is impeccably well-timed and I manage to rise above the sheer volume of words on screen, I then risk something far worse than apathy, far greater than insignificance... I risk comments.

Now THIS Is How You Deal With Twitter Trolls

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

The Washington Post just taught long-suffering social media managers everywhere how to deal with inane questions from Twitter trolls... Tensions ce...

Madness at Our Fingertips

The Mac Twins | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Tech
The Mac Twins

We recently appeared on BBC's Free Speech and after having had a couple of weeks to mull and chew over one of the topics, I felt I needed to offload my musings on it, so here goes...

'It's Just Really Scarred Me For Life'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK

Jo Smith has revealed she has been left "scarred for life" after discovering the body of her cyberbullied sister two weeks ago. In a heartbreaking ...

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...

Twitter's Greatest Characters: From Shepherdesses To Whimsical Owls & Flat Earth Theorists

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK

News, trolling, Beliebers, hashtag protests. News trolls hijacking Belieber hashtags. In the Wild West of Twitter it’s easy to get side-tracked and ...

Is Ask.fm Really to Blame?

Gareth Milner | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Gareth Milner

If you receive a malicious phone call, would you demand that the phone company be banned? If you receive a malicious or threatening letter, would you demand that the postal service be shut down? The problem in cases like this isn't always the medium which is used, but the horrid and twisted people who carry out these disgusting acts.

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.

Haters Gonna Hate, Trolls Gonna Troll

Tom Ward | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Tech
Tom Ward

Criticism is great and without it there'd be a lot less motivation for humans to push themselves and keep coming up with better films, better ways of farming, better cars and better air travel, but empty, meaningless remarks don't help anyone. And if the authors of such remarks are being honest, it doesn't help them either.

Vile Abuse Should Have No Place in Public Debate

Bob Morgan | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Bob Morgan

Half our population will have to consider the hazards of launching an entirely legitimate public campaign for fear of receiving nasty threatening messages - and this is a disgrace. We should compare Twitter and other social networking sites with real public places.