Tuesday 28 February 2017

People need to toughen up and treat the Twitter trolls with deserved contempt

Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

'What happens on Twitter stays on Twitter – unless you choose to allow it to ruin your life'
'What happens on Twitter stays on Twitter – unless you choose to allow it to ruin your life'

My, they grow up so quickly, don't they? As Twitter swaggers into its 10th anniversary, it has announced that, from now on, it will be waging its own war on Twitter 'trolls', those pesky mosquitoes who swarm around the electronic swamp that is social media.

According to its European head of operations, Bruce Daisley, it's time for the company to take action against online cowards and from now on it will contact those people who are reported for abusive behaviour, to remind them that: "What you are doing here exists in the real world."

That seems fair enough - to a point - but the company also boasts that: "The other part of the strategy has involved giving users new tools to block trolls and to expose the worst offenders by encouraging people to share their list of blocked accounts."

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