Sunday 20 August 2017

Let's tackle internet trolls and call them what they really are - real-world bullies

Trolls troll the internet. We’re just supposed to accept that psychological abuse is built into every online interaction, that it’s inevitable Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Trolls troll the internet. We’re just supposed to accept that psychological abuse is built into every online interaction, that it’s inevitable Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Lorraine Courtney

It's been a bad week for women on the internet. Singer Lily Allen got floods of cruel tweets about her child's stillbirth. The singer tweeted that she had lived with PTSD ever since the event but Twitter users could only blame her for her own son's death.

So there we have it. A vile example of the world of trolling and unfortunately, cases like Allen's have been cropping up with increasing regularity.

Another victim, Irish blogger Rosemary MacCabe, generated 120 Boards.ie pages of personal bile this week after writing a blog post about why she didn't report her rapist. Hello world, we have a troll problem and we'll have to figure out what we're going to do about it.

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