Trolls the Dark Side of Social Networks
Earlier on this week Sean Duffy, 25 was jailed for 18 weeks and given a 5 year ASBO (Antisocial behaviour order) preventing him from creating or accessing any social networking sites. His crime? the despicable act of “Trolling”.
“Trolling?” some of you may be asking. Well, in interweb speak a troll is someone who posts inflammatory or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
In Sean Duffys case he searched Facebook tribute pages and posted comments and videos taunting those mourning. The most well known victim was relatives and friends of teenager Natasha MacBryde.
Natasha, who was 15, died after commiting suicide on a train track near her home. The day after her death, her already shocked and mourning friends and family members started a tribute page. Duffy, who never met Natasha or any other of his victims, posted the very distasteful comment “I fell asleep on the track lolz” as well as creating a new page called “Tasha The Tank Engine” where he had superimposed the face on to the fictional character Thomas.
This isn’t the first time we have heard of incidents like this, in October 2019 Colm Coss was also jailed for 18 weeks after posting similarly disgusting comments on a page dedicated to Big Brother star Jade Goody.
Now just days after Sean Duffy’s trial, British comedian Dom Joly had contacted the police after a Twitter account called @deathtojolykids and tweeted about how his two children looked like they had cancer and Down’s Syndrome. Joly asked to police to investigate after he received a series of vile tweets including one that read “so ur kids f****** dead of cancer yet or what fa****?”. Joly reported the user to @MetPoliceUK. The account has now been suspended.