Friday, 6 February 2015

Don't Feed The Trolls

In my continuing theme of responding to the news, it's time for another rant!
So basically, yesterday the owner and (presumably) operator of Twitter said in an official statement that Twitter is "shit" when it comes to handling trolls. He actually used the word shit, which I thought was a nice touch. Now it's true there are a lot of Twitter trolls, but I would say that Twitter actually has more than enough tools to handle them at the minute. For example you can block people, which is pretty much all you need. Someone is a cunt to you? Block them and you'll never hear from them again.

It's THAT simple.

There are two major rules when it comes to the internet that you need to keep in mind.

1. All men are men, all women are men, and all children are FBI agents.

2. Don't feed the trolls.

It's the same thing your parents or teacher say to you when someone is bullying you; just ignore them and they go away. Okay it's not very true when it comes to school bullies. I learned that the hard way. But it's very true when it comes to online trolls. Just ignore the fucking douches and don't respond to them. Or better yet just don't even look at your mentions on Twitter. I know several people who say they don't even look at their mentions and they feel so much better because of it. They aren't exposed to all that bullshit and it's great.

People also need to stop being such damn babies. As I said, I was bullied for years. I'm well aware that words hurt, and that "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" is the largest crock of bullshit there is. Words can scar you forever. But only if you LET them. Words have no power over you if you don't let them have any.

So yeah; Twitter is filled with trolls. So is Youtube. So is Tumblr. So is every god damn social media site there is. Even Myspace has trolls! Heck even Blogger has trolls. Don't feed them. Don't acknowledge them. Just block them and move on. For God sake people it's not difficult to avoid abuse in the online world. I have all the sympathy in the world for victims of bullying but I just can't bring myself to care about cyberbullying. Just turn the computer off, or block them and move on.

I'm aware I might have taken a stance some people find surprising but really, after years of being trolled by the internet, I just don't care about online trolls anymore and I've accepted how damn easy it is to not subject yourself to them.

P.S sorry about all the coarse language. I think it's absolutely shitty to blame the owners of a website for the actions of it's users. They aren't to blame for the way their users act and they do everything they can. Stop being so sensitive and put on some grown up pants. You aren't 12. The trolls are. They're stupid, immature, and not to be listened to.

Yes I actively preach "Don't be a dick; it's not hard." but right now I'm also taking the time to say "Don't be a pussy either." I guess what I'm trying to say is we should all be assholes.

I'll shut up now or I'll never bloody shut up.


  1. It's true that what trolls want is attention -- even negative attention. Block them, remove their comments, don't allow anonymous commenting -- starve them of attention and they'll move on to look elsewhere for it.


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