Trolls

Have Scientists Found Time Travellers On The Web?

The Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Tech

Think 'science experiment' and you'll probably imagine sombre looking men and women in white lab coats peering into microscopes. Or a wild-haired prof...

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

Susan Boyle | Posted 01.12.2014 | 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.

The Unchecked White Guy

Brendon Burns | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Brendon Burns

Offended people repeating the very sentences that have offended them will always been intrinsically funny to me. It is a fart in church and I am 12. Frankie Boyle has never made me laugh harder than when his act is regurgitated by an outraged lawyer. I take a great deal of glee in the very specific type of self-unawareness involved...

It May Be Halloween, But It's No Time For Witch-Hunts

Jemma Wayne | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

It is time to wake up. In different ways many of us have done it, uttered sweeping, dangerous slurs - the "don't be gay" type comment is one I have heard unchallenged far too often. But it is the urgent responsibility of each of us, right now, to be precise about what speech we employ...

Twitter Trolls: Come and Say It to My Face!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

I heard this morning that Jonathan Agnew quit Twitter after receiving a stream of abuse on the site after a spat with Kevin Pietersen's wife. Although I haven't (yet) been wished 'death by Ebola' by an anonymous Twitter user, I've recently had the misfortune of dealing with a few Twitter trolls of my own...

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.

April Jones' Parents Join Forces With Kate And Gerry McCann...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

The parents of murdered five-year-old April Jones have revealed they were subject to vile abuse from online bullies as they joined with the parents of...

Twitter Troll Who Made Rape Threats To MP Thought It Was 'Really Funny'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK

A father today has been found guilty of sending a Labour MP rape messages after she backed a campaign to put Jane Austen on a banknote. Peter Nunn,...

Louise Ridley

Jezebel Staff Have Written An Extraordinary Article On Site's 'Rape GIF Problem'

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

The staff of US-based women's blog Jezebel have publicly slammed their own bosses for failing to prevent hundreds of GIFs of violent porn and images o...

Tolerate Thy Neighbour

Lloyd Mallison | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Lloyd Mallison

The first amendment in the United States is a wonderful thing. It means you can say whatever you like about anything... But with the increasing popularity of Facebook comment section fights, and chatroom brawls, I'm seeing more and more often that people seem to forget that freedom of speech goes both ways.

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.

What It Feels Like to Be the Target of Anonymous Trolls

Grant Feller | Posted 20.09.2014 | 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 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.

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...