FE, I did read the BBC article on Bacon, the ex-Blue Peter presenter, it's not nice that he has been targeted for this personal abuse...but, the Internet is not conjuicive to 'peace of mind' nirvana when anybody goes online...hence all of the commercial security software programs that abound.
As I would never dream of using Facebook (fear of them keeping personal stuff) nor Twitter (Who cares what most Twitter users are doing?) I hope to avoid such creatures. The sick minds that do this sort of thing should be permanently banned from the internet - if that were possible - as well as other appropriate punishment.
No I haven't thankfully, I realise old Bingalau may look like one but he is harmless ;o}
"Most trolling is not criminal - it's about having a laugh, says Rob Manuel, co-founder of the website B3ta, which specialises in altering photographs for comic effect. "Trolling taps into people's desire to poke fun, make trouble and cause annoyance," he says. "
Being serious, if people think like this then I am not at all surprised it is happening! Having said that, I do not use any social networking sites or live on a mobile.
"You only have to read any Peter Hitchens column to see how people get the idea that it is OK to be abusive to people."
Yes, but when it comes to online abuse there's a difference. Newspapers and magazines generally don't publish anything without at least knowing who the author(s) of an item is/are. That goes for online articles and blogs, as well as print media.
Internet trolls inhabit web forums, and as everyone here knows, there's little the site's owners can do unless they operate a reasonably robust post moderation policy,as we do here. Lots of sites appear to have little in the way of moderation, or the moderators don't have much interest in controlling the content. Either way, trolls largely get away with what they do, both in forums and on social networks.
How can it be stopped, or at least controlled? I don't have the answer to that, but it appears to be a growing problem, and we need to do something.