The trouble with trolls (and how to beat them)
Twitter exploded in activity after the tragic suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams. http://goo.gl/q5fQbd
The vast majority of the commentary was in the form of loving tributes and remembrances of a widely beloved entertainer.
But two days later, William's daughter Zelda said this on Twitter: "I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye."
Zelda Williams was driven off of Twitter by a troll or trolls using the names PimpStory and MrGoosebuster. The accounts sent her messages and pictures that are too horrible to relate here. She tweeted to her followers: "Please report @PimpStory @MrGoosebuster. I'm shaking. I can't. Please."
This event is the trolling crisis in a nutshell. A vulnerable person. A sociopath or two on social media tormenting that person without consequence, totally beyond the reach of everyone (in fact, the pain caused and the attention grabbed rewarded them). Even millions of well-wishers and supporters can't overcome the pain caused by the heartless trolling of a tiny number of people.
The Telegraph newspaper this week published an article with a headline that proclaimed, "Online Trolls Are Forcing Women "Offline."
Anyone can be hurt by trolls. But some people are especially targeted -- women, youth, members of LGTB community, minorities and those suffering from personal crises.
Trolls silence, shame, harass, horrify and stress people, sometimes to a life-threatening degree.
Can anything be done about it?
The answer is yes. Here's how: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9250405/The_trouble_with_trolls_and_how_to_beat_them_ #troll #trolling #trolls (Pic props to Nintendo)