The BBC wets its knickers about trolling on the Internet. A snippet of video from Panorama, dramatically titled “Panorama Confronts an Internet Troll” (oooer!) gives us an insight. Apparently someone called Cher (not the Cher) has been subjected to online bullying and is now afraid.
Okay, so I understand what it’s like to be on the receiving end of bullying – not the trolling on the interwebs, the real thing. My schooldays were made a misery by bullies until I learned to fight back. The Internet bully is rather more easily dismissed. It can be as simple as switching off your computer.
For those who administer sites such as this one, dealing with trolls is so simple even the BBC journalists could manage it. You don’t engage with these people, you simply delete the comments and ban them from making more. Believe me, the average troll grows weary of this pretty quickly. One who thought he would try it on over at mine a few weeks back gave up after about half a dozen comments simply disappeared into the ether.
Chasing them through the streets of Cardiff accusing them of being offensive isn’t the way to do it, really it isn’t. Indeed, I found myself wishing the troll would simply tell them to fuck off back to Salford. After all, as he pointed out, what he is doing isn’t illegal. Yet.
And we pay for this cack.