What is an internet troll and which celebrities have been victims of trolling?

What is an internet troll and which celebrities have been victims of trolling?

- in Uk News

SAD and sick instances of online abuse have became far too commonplace in the UK.

Making a mean comment online may seem harmless, but trolls have driven people to depression and even to commit suicide. Here’s everything you need to know about online abuse…

A troll is someone who writes deliberately controversial comments online, with the aim of provoking a reaction
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What is an internet troll?

The word ‘troll’ is slang for a person who deliberately starts arguments on the internet with the aim of provoking an individual or group into a reaction.

It can be done because they genuinely want a healthy debate, or because the troll simply enjoys winding people up.

The term has nothing to do with the ugly green character from children’s literature, it’s actually a fishing term.

Like fisherman, trolls attach their bait and wait for other members of the public (the fish) to bite.

Online bullies caused Julia Derbyshire, 16, to take her own life – and Katie Price has called for harsher punishments

This is why trolls often target celebrities and other public figures – they’re not necessarily looking for a reaction from the stars themselves, but from their army of loyal followers.

For this reason, the best way to get a troll to go away is simply to ignore them.

Trolls will make deliberately cruel, racist, homophobic and sexist comments – or even tell people to kill themselves – then sit back to enjoy the outraged responses.

Which celebrities have been targeted by trolls?

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Jesy Nelson has revealed she wanted to quit Little Mix “all the time” in the wake of her trolling nightmare[/caption]

Nicola Roberts was harassed by a former boyfriend
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What is being done about it?

Currently, there is an online petition to make online abuse a specific criminal offence.

It has gathered more than 200,000 signatures.

It was last debated on April 29, 2019.

You can find it here.

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