Online news trolls not as bad as we think – Maite Taboada

13 05 2018

File 20180504 166910 lbovv4.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Toxicity online seems pervasive. We encounter and hear about all manner of obscene language, insults and slurs. Some of it even comes from U.S. President Donald Trump. Much of his long list of attacks against people, places and things has been unfurled online. Read the rest of this entry »

Trolls, threats, the law and deterrence – Paul Bernal

26 10 2014

trollhunter600“Internet trolls face up to two years in jail under new laws” screamed the headline on the BBC’s website, after Chris Grayling decided to “take a stand against a baying cyber-mob”. It’s not the first time that so-called ‘trolls’ have been made the subject of a government ‘stand’ – and a media furore. This particular one arose after TV presenter Chloë Madeley suffered online abuse – that abuse itself triggered by the comments about rape made by her mother, Judy Finnigan, also a TV presenter, on Loose Women. Read the rest of this entry »

Cyber News Down Under: The Antipodean Troll, a different kind of species? – Tom Double

13 03 2014

Charlotte DawsonWhat a tragedy it is that it requires another suicide to regenerate widespread interest in cyberbullying, the phenomenon that has become the scourge of the internet age. Charlotte Dawson, the New Zealand–Australian television personality, recently took her own life following a lengthy battle against anonymous Twitter trolls, which has precipitated calls for tougher anti-cyberbullying legislation in Australia  (see and sign here).  Read the rest of this entry »

Inertia over: How twitter is now grasping the nettle – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

17 01 2014

TwitterBefore the Christmas break, twitter indicated how it intends to tackle two of its main challenges in 2014, namely: trolls and the spread of false information.  This article provides a brief summary of these strategies (one of which was disclosed by a leak) and comments on their effectiveness.   Read the rest of this entry »

#Trolls and #Trolling: online abuse – Clare Brown

2 10 2013

internet-trollSocial media remains an engaging way to be entertained and educated and has many positives. We are increasingly living our lives online and, for some, it is all about forging real life friendships, building business contacts and sharing information (or pictures of their cats). But as with any community – whether online or in real life – there is a dark side. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: Time for the Twitter Police? – Matthew Himsworth

27 08 2013

TwitterOver recent weeks there has been a welcome debate on trolling and online abuse. One of the main questions has been – who bears the responsibility of dealing with this reprehensible practice, with many pointing accusing fingers at Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

What must be done about the trolls on Twitter? – David Banks

14 08 2013

dont-feed-the-trollStrange times on Twitter.  What seemed like a well-supported, perfectly reasonable and ultimately successful campaign to make sure at least one of our banknotes has a woman on it (apart from the Queen) has been slightly overshadowed by rape threats made to one of the women who launched it. Read the rest of this entry »