For those that are not aware, "trolls" have been a hot topic in Australian news lately. This comes after Charlotte Dawson (celebrity of some sort) was
"hospitalized after being attacked by trolls". That's how the MSN portrayed it,
is what really happened.
This has sparked debate over internet censorship...
"I don't believe in censoring the internet but we do have to have reasonable protections," Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said.
"What we're looking at is more capacity for take-down orders."
"Every one of these sites is hosted by someone and if the site is just hosting material that is completely scurrilous ... grotesquely offensive, I
think there should be some powers for take-down orders, to ensure people are at least civil to each other."
(see what he did there..)
I was of course up in arms about about this sort of talk, making my opinions known to my local and state politicians via email, while angrily shaking
my fist at nothing in particular. But a completely unrelated matter has slightly swayed my mind. Though I still wouldn't support censorship or "take
downs" in any form.
I came across a "protest page" on Facebook a couple of days ago. It looked a bit rough, but I thought I would keep an eye on it, as I believe in the
principles the protest supposedly stood for... Anyways the "protest" took place today and videos are up.
Now I may be wrong here, but to me, this seems like an elaborate troll. No one could be so... daft. The name doesn't seem to correspond with what the
protest is ment to be about, even if it did, the protest doesn't seem to have any coherent demands (apart from advising pedophiles to escape the law
and calling for a young girl to be beaten). I wont bang on about it because its obviously just a small group of mentally troubled people, but I can
understand how people could be scared of this sort of thing. I'll let you decide...
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So how should society deal with trolls? I have always thought it was a non issue, 'you can not make the world child proof, but you can make children
world proof'. But this video brings a creepy new angle to it. ATS mambers and staff deal with it on a daily basis, but I think its obvious you need
thick skin to get involved in most discussions here.
Should companies like Facebook/ twitter (or their share holders...) try and curb trolling? Should they be held responsable? Or is it up to the
individual to simply not read it if it upsets them?..
edit on 11/9/2012 by seudonymous because: (no reason given)