Posts Tagged ‘twitter troll’
A man who sent abusive messages on Twitter to a UK politician has been jailed for 18 weeks.
When you’re on the internet, it’s best to follow the advice “beware the troll.” But how can you avoid hecklers, spammers and otherwise abusive Twitter accounts if you don’t know who they are?
We told you before about the anonymous Twitter troll made public by the person he was harassing, and you’ve undoubtedly heard about Twitter recently turning over a protestor’s tweets to New York Supreme Court.
Well, now we have something a teeny bit different, but headed in a way that would likely please the folks who seek to end Twitter troll anonymity: compelling a troll to reveal his/her own identity or face sanctions.
It’s the kind of one-two punch that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Read more
Wikipedia defines a troll as “someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response”, and these foul beasts have been the plague of the internet since it first opened its doors.
They quickly populate (and poison) any place on the web that is even remotely popular. So naturally, once social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook began to attract hundreds of millions of users, the trolls began to arrive. En masse.