It seems to me that Internet Trolling and Cyber Bullying is out of control. A veritable plague of internet vermin are on the rampage and what are we doing about it? I GOW ranted about the singer Pink being targeted by a pesky troll earlier this year. The cyber scumbag had the audacity to Tweet that Pink was putting on weight.
I now read that British Tennis Ace, Heather Watson, has joined the list of well-known people receiving derogatory and outrageous posts from spineless trolls via Social Media. Heather has been receiving death threats from Twitter Tolls, which is hardly very social and yet they are continuing to get away with it all over the Internet. So, isn’t it time we all put our cyber feet down and say “Enough is enough?” Isn’t it time that we zapped the spineless wonders from cyber space one and for all?
And why do the Twitter Trolls they feel the need to unleash their venom on a 23-year-old tennis player? Heather Watson’s Trolls gamble on her to win matches and if she loses, they publically vent their hate. Anonymous, hidden from the public glare, safely tucked up behind their computer screen in their own dark and sad little worlds.
It is not just the celebs, but cyber bullying seems to be getting out of hand generally, with school age children receiving vile posts from their peers on Social Media. What makes matters worse it has been going on for quite some time.
“About one third (32%) of all teenagers who use the internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying and potentially menacing online activities – such as receiving threatening messages; having their private emails or text messages forwarded without consent; having an embarrassing picture posted without permission; or having rumors about them spread online (Pew Internet: Cyberbullying, 2008)”.
I do not believe that there is enough being done to exterminate this plague of packrats. Although I am glad to say that the BBC’s Panorama programme recently exposed one of the Net’s Infamous Cyber Racist Nasties who was trolling under the name of Nimrod Severen and, a mild, example of his abhorrent trolling tweets was “Rot in Piss”. I unequivocally wish the same for him.
Randi Zuckerberg, the former Director of Market Development and Spokeswoman for Facebook and sister of the company’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, hopes to see things change and during a Marie Claire panel discussion in September 2014 she said :
“I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away. People behave a lot better when they have their real names down. … I think people hide behind anonymity and they feel like they can say whatever they want behind closed doors.”
Too true, but are things happening? And are they happening fast enough? Apart from anything else it is completely gutless and cowardly way to behave. Nobody wants Trolls on Internet, more needs to be done about it and it needs to be done soon.
If you have something to say, say it to my face, not behind my back