INTERNET TROLLING

INTERNET TROLLING

Today my article’s main agenda is to address the problems raised by internet trolling. So, what is online trolling? The main aim of internet trolling is to deliberately provoke others by using inflammatory statements to undermine a community or a particular individual to attract attention. The Internet has been creating many wonders for the last ten years. Thanks to the internet, today we can watch sports, movies, shows, play video games but it has some disadvantages which need to be acknowledged and addressed. Internet trolling is one such aspect that needs to be addressed in the need of the hour. In the name of free speech some people always post comments which are discriminatory and anti-social. Online trolls hide beyond the mask of anonymity. As there are no strict laws on cyber bullying in many countries, there are no boundaries for these people. Social media platforms are the place to express our opinions on social and political issues. The main intention is to gain some limelight at the cost of hurting other people’s feelings. As long as online trolling aims to expose the flaws and fallacies of an issue or a policy, online trolling is healthy, but nowadays there is no such thing called "healthy" trolling. Online trolling mostly involves defamatory comments and hate speech. One of the best examples is Donald Trump’s provoking tweet which led to the US capitol attack. In recent times, especially in sensitive issues like rape cases, online trolling has exceeded the limit by defaming and blaming the rape victims. A Pew Research Center survey published two years ago found that 70% of 18-to-24-year-olds who use the Internet had experienced harassment, and 26% of women that age said they’d been stalked online. A 2014 study published in the psychology journal Personality and Individual Differences found that approximately 5% of Internet users who self-identified as trolls scored extremely high in the dark tetrad of personality traits: narcissism, psychopathic, Machiavellianism, and, especially, sadism. From the above research, we can tell that there is a considerable chance that internet trollers have the traits of becoming a criminal.
Social media is a medium for expressing one‘s opinion and perspective on any social or political issue. Even though everyone need not have the same perspective on an issue, their disagreements need to be amicably resolved through online debates. We hardly see any of the maturity in the online answers. I am not saying that criticizing other opinions is bad as long as it remains constructive without involving hatred and abusive arguments. There is a moral responsibility on the CEOs of the social media giants in making their platform free of trollers and hate speech. People need to be careful while choosing their words in sensitive issues involving rape victims and commenting about religious issues. There should be minimum online etiquette for social media users. Government must enforce strict laws in matters concerning cyber bullying. The recent change in social media rules in India is a small step towards stopping bullying but proper implementation of those laws is a challenge. On the other, the one way to fight against these trolls is to ignore them. First, we need to note the people trolling about you do not have any idea about who you are. These people are some pathetic idiots who gain happiness by mocking and emotionally abusing you. So as long as trolling reaches beyond the degree of ignorance, the simple solution is to ignore the trolls. If we let every useless comment get under our skin, we cannot survive a single day in the virtual world. SAY NO TO TROLLING.

- By VINJMAURU V S N L R SRIVATSA
Content Writer
Social Journal