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Sadly Most Trolls Are Not Fictional.

6th February 2019 Help & Advice Tags: , 0 Comments

The term describes a person who deliberately starts internet rows to provoke an individual or group into a reaction.

What’s acceptable?

Only honest, true comments/statements posted with good intentions.

What’s not acceptable?

  • Comments that are deliberately cruel, racist, homophobic, sexist or incite hatred or violence upon a person or entity.

  • Remarks to cause damage to reputation or business, unless they are factually correct, in context and in the public interest.

  • Creating a hashtag to encourage an online harassment campaign, or pushing for re-tweets of a “grossly offensive message”.

  • Putting an individual’s home address or bank details on the net.

  • Baiting – when someone is humiliated online by being branded sexually promiscuous.

  • Posting “disturbing or sinister” photo shopped images of someone on a social media site.

    How to stop a troll.

    Internet trolling is a criminal offence. The law is on your side if you fall victim of a troll. If you are, take these steps:

    • Block them on social media.

    • Select mute option on Twitter in relation to the trolls account.

    • Never respond.

    • Report the troll to the likes of Twitter and Facebook.

    • Collate screen shots of all the comments, call 101 and report the matter to the police.

    The Police and Crown Prosecution Service are taking trolling more seriously and have issued guidelines.

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