Trolling can spread from person to person.
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You might think that trolling on the internet is done by a small, vocal minority of sociopaths. But what if all trolls aren’t born trolls? What if they are ordinary people like you and me?
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Psychologists believe that something called 'online disinhibition effect' might partly explain trolling behaviour.
Pro-Donald Trump bots worked to sway public opinion in the US election by secretly taking over pro-Hillary Clinton hashtags and spreading fake news stories.
Bots have not just been used in the US, but also in Australia, the UK, Germany, Syria and China. To what extent – and how – are they affecting political discourse?
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Automated systems that watch online chats and flag racist, sexist and bullying behavior could help curtail internet abuse.
It’s far too easy to type in haste and repent at leisure.
The issues of accessibility, communication and connection are especially relevant when it comes to understanding why so many people vent their spleen on social media.
The Politically Incorrect forum is bringing its racist vitriol to a website near you.
Social media abuse is often personal, sexist and wounding.
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Social media trolling, which is disproportionately aimed at women, is a sign of a much deeper malaise that must be redressed.
Just try not to get annoyed.
A new study suggests that the pleasure of getting an angry reaction is the biggest predictor of online trolling behaviour – meaning that the best way to fight back is just to ignore them.
We're used to categorising people as "male" or "female" – but that's no excuse for lashing out when athletes defy our expectations.
“Apparently you’ve got some kind of a troll problem?”
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500m posts are made daily on Twitter alone. Policing them is no easy task.
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Many praise the internet as a democratizing force. But with online spaces replacing physical public squares as places for debate, what do we risk losing?
Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy in The Following.
In a media ecology defined through “interactive” behaviour – “web 2.0,” the blogging platforms now favoured by news and cultural criticism sites – a new figure has emerged from the digital abyss: the serial commenter.
Digital harassment is not only an issue affecting children and teenagers.
Women and men are just as likely to report experiencing any form of digital harassment and abuse. However, the nature and impacts of these online harms differ significantly by gender and age.
We have brutal sexual threats, made anonymously, against those who have “transgressed” a particular boundary. Sound familiar?
Brutal sexual threats against perceived trespassers, made anonymously, with the expectation they will be seen as "humorous". Sound familiar? Modern-day trolls belong to a long, and troubling, lineage.
New Zealand’s parliament: no trolls allowed.
Only time will tell whether the nation's anti-trolling toolbox will prove effective, but what matters is the way they went about it.
A mob of keyboard warriors is not so different from the pitchfork-wielding variety.
When what Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt intended as an after dinner speech was made public he suffered the consequences, as have several others before him.
Sure you’re connected to them, but can you trust them?
Michael Sean Gallagher
Checking online reviews is a big part of shopping. But review sites can be manipulated. Does favoring reviews posted by your social media contacts help with trustworthy, meaningful content?
It isn’t enough just to not feed the trolls - something has to quieten them down too.
Twitter is as famous for its trolls as for its usefulness. Will its new anti-abuse measures turn the tide?
A sour note.
Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo recently admitted in a leaked memo to staff how serious a problem online abuse and trolling on Twitter was, one that the social network has so far failed to tackle…
Having a Twitter account is not an obligation to engage with anyone seeking to troll.
My first column last week was quickly trolled by a small group of mostly UK-based vaping activists. Of 49 comments posted, 17 were removed by The Conversation’s moderator before the comments were closed…