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INTERNET CYBER-BULLYING, Trolls or mental health concerns?

January 15, 2017
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WHAT IS AN INTERNET TROLL, WHAT ARE THEY?
 
Interesting question, one that we all may have an answer to, but there are many issues social media brings to the table.
 
In real life, if a person came up to you and called you names, they might risk a punch in the face, maybe most of us would walk away, or ignore them, very few of us would tease them with sticks to make them angrier, not so easy on line.
 
The best advice is a person comes onto your time line and is aggressive or disrespectful, is to block them, as if they will be gone, but we know that is not always the case, the more mentally unstable trolls, will already have multiple accounts, or head of to make a few.
 
I have endured trolls that are still around years later, as if I am the sole interest in their less than interesting lives. Only yesterday a person sent me a message about the devastation their family had endured and made mention of the trolls, only for me to have had similar problems years ago with the same people, so is being a troll the result of mental illness?
 
Later in this rant, I mention some research relating to the mental illness side of this post, but what we do see with on-line bullies, besides sadistic and psychopathic tendencies, is the obvious paranoia that everyone else is like them.
 
They think anyone who supports their pray, could be a fake profile, something I have noticed over the years and a good indicator of more sever psychosis.
 
The thing I find most interesting about these trolls, is their inability to comprehend the written word, or even embrace simple facts, they appear to just make it up as they go, they read what they want to read, so to speak.
 
While having dinner with friends Saturday night, leaving FB closed, I received a phone message, which included a screen shot, in which a “troll” had posted, I had just phoned and threatened them.
 
Did the person saying this get a call from another and assume it was me, because not only dont I know them, already had them blocked for whatever reason, and the site the comment was posted on even had me blocked, as I had not contacted anyone, which leads to another issue with trolls, the troll families.
 
Certain people appear to not only lack the moral turpitude to conduct themselves with respect on line, seems similar minded (or is that mindless) people flock together.
 
Going back to my first experience with “trolls” that never go away, was when I helped out an animal shelter several years ago, what appeared to be a handful of people did not like me helping out. One of the ring leaders now faces charges for theft, so had good reason to want me out the way, but that one person led a pack of maybe 4 or 5, who with their fake profiles numbered dozens on line.
No matter how many I blocked, more turned up, many years later, after issues this week, they are all back, as themselves and a few other fake profiles, and they are easy to spot, they still use all the same nasty memes they made all those years ago.
 
So it appears “Genuine trolls” become obsessed with their targets, so much so, when I was on holidays with friends after helping during the most recent fires, they targeted every FB page in the country I was visiting. I mean hundreds of FB pages, calling me a racist, a paedophile, and rapist, and a murder, anything they could do to cause me problems, not that it did.
 
For me as a reasonably well known bloke, each year more of these “Trolls” unite, and start up “Hate groups” aimed at me, yet these same names are mentioned by other victims, so I must only be a part of their obsession, with their main driver being to hurt others.
 
Currently all my special “Trolls” flocked together after channel 7 blessed me with some rather nasty media coverage, the coverage was rubbish, but that’s the media for you. On a 7 post, I have been accused of being a murderer, a thief, a pedo, and abuser, a drug manufacture, an animal murderer, and plenty of other very nasty terms, and many people reading those nasty untruths, have started saying, well all these people cant be wrong 😉
 
Where “Trolls” get even more scary is when they cant get to the subject of their obsession, and go after the friends and family of their victim, or even worse when they take their sick obsession into the real world.
 
Right now, many of my friends and family have temporarily closed their time lines, one had his car fire bombed, and others are still copping it.
 
In my most recent and nasty interactions, a post asking people not to let of fireworks near my sanctuary, resulted in a deliberate attack, on more than one night, gun shots at my home, explosives aimed at my sanctuary, and then a very nasty assault on my person and my vehicle, all by people I had blocked from one of my pages.
 
So like all of these morons, whoops “trolls” they made up even more stories to cover for their crimes, leaving me to wear a tirade of abuse and the destruction of what was left of my good name.
 
Of course that is never enough, now there are even more dedicated pages named after me, some aimed at my sanctuary and others aimed at my business. My friends places of employment, my markets, and my family now have to endure what could be months of abuse.
 
The worst thing is, that when I get my name cleared of any wrong doings, which could take 2 years, they will fire up all over again.
 
Maybe the issue here is not attributed to the word trolls, but more so bullies, haters and the socially inept, maybe it is a mental health issue, but whatever we call it, something has to be done about it.
 
I have no great answers to all this, the message being sent to me is not to help others or do good things for the community, but I ignore that message. The one main issue is the ability of anyone to make up new profiles and use them without fear of accountability; the other is the inability of the authorities to police this new social media phenomenon, leaving us to deal with all this on our own.
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In Australia alone, on-line bullying is taking lives, and that number is increasing, so something needs to be done, maybe the use of ID to secure a social network account ought to be considered, and just maybe governments and or platforms like face Book, need to invest in better safe guards and monitoring.
 
There is lots of on-line research on this topic, and just as many sad stories of resulting suicides, Canadian and American researchers have found that many of these “Trolls” suffer from Narcissism, sadistic or psychopathic tendencies.
 
These people actually receive pleasure from the act of causing suffering to others, they actually are creating an appetite for cruelty.
 
In the worst cases which are increasing in regularity, when their target closes their accounts, these twisted and dangerous people take their issues into the real world, as I am starting to see happen myself.
 
The fact the aggressors can stay anonymous adds to the fierceness of their attacks, as they do not fear any accountability, this is also taken into the real world, resulting in a global rise in violent crimes.
 
Until something is done, and that could be a long wait, best we adapt and change how we use social networking, for me, well I am not your every day user, and I am not about to close my account, even after all this, because I know Social Media can achieve great things.
 
Over the past few years I have utilised FB to organise search and rescue, raise money for people in need, grow my markets, market my business and meet some great people. So much can be achieve, as for the trolls, well don’t feed them, even when you are not their target.
 
Face book is a multi-billion dollar business, and with that comes greater responsibility than replies “This page or comments does not contravene our community standards” when a victim tries to report bullying or theft of intellectual property.
 
If you see a person being targeted, even if they are not your friends, block the abuser, and support the person, if you are a parent, make sure your children are safe, and ensure they know these people are out there.
 
Last but not least, don’t poke the trolls with sticks, ignore, block and if you need to, close your account for a while. With the increasing number of people starting to populate virtual reality (social networks), many of them immature to social interaction, the phenomenon of cyber-bullying will continue to grow.
 
Not sure there is any moral to this rant, other than to remind us the world is changing, and not always in a good way. People with sadistic and psychopathic profiles, have always brought terror into this world, social networking is allowing them to unleash themselves almost without any boundaries, so best we keep the importance of this message in mind when we are forced to deal with them.
 
Mark