Sunday, July 28, 2013

How trolls have jumped from forums to twitter

We hear you
Monday, July 29, 2013
http://blog.uk.twitter.com/2013/07/we-hear-you.html


Trying to track down Twitter trolls behind rape threats
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23503108

Twitter 'Hears You' On Violent Abuse - But Its Answer Remains Unclear
http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnyegriffiths/2013/07/30/twitter-abuse-criado-perez-creasy/2/

Twitter faces calls in Britain to get tough on online abuse
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/28/net-us-britain-twitter-abuse-idUSBRE96R07020130728/

Twitter faces boycott after 'inaction' over rape threats against feminist bank notes campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez

“There has been a deafening silence from Twitter. The accounts of the men who said those things are still active. There needs to be a massive culture shift at Twitter.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/twitter-faces-boycott-after-inaction-over-rape-threats-against-feminist-bank-notes-campaigner-caroline-criadoperez-8734856.html

http://fwsablog.org.uk/2013/07/28/online-abuse/
https://twitter.com/CCriadoPerez

Update above . Looks like i am not the only one who has noticed this scary abuse trend on twitter .



In Internet slang, a troll  is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)


Due to twitter really difficult block features (you need to go to the other persons profile to use the block feature) . Around the world political trolls have made twitter their new home . Twitter allows tolls to find and target dissenting voice with easy (just monitor keywords ,words on twitter). As twitter is so huge and does not have active monitors like the 1990s forums . The trolls have a great time. In fact twitter (mods,algo?) blocks dissenting voices (the abuse feature is abuse by its users) .The trolls are more vicious ,off topic,ignorant then the forum trolls (you need more tech skills to navigate a forum). Now with the mobile apps any tom dick and harry has can become a twitter trolls with 100s of accounts. Unlike the forum trolls twitter trolls are much more vicious .Unlike 3 years ago , twitter user cannot tweet in peace (you will always have some troll reply to your tweet ). A lot of users have been hurt by the viciousness spewed by the trolls . Intelligent discourse ,the techie meetups online and offline have pretty much stopped and twitter now.

Blocking does not help because someone else in your timeline could retweet the hate speech of the blocked troll . So it is almost impossible to keep out the hate speech form your timeline with twitters current block tools .

Tolls make fake account ,parody account (which do not comply with twitters rules (adding the word parody to the handle). This misleads followers into believing that it is the real person. which can have disastrous consequences ,due to the speed with which people retweet and spread information .



Facebook does not have as many trolls because of its strong block/ hide from timeline tools .


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