The Increasing Rise In Social Media Trolling

Trolling is directed towards people with a strong online presence and people that have a big influence on online communities- Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, ask.fm

The advent of internet and its subsidiaries- especially the social media has brought major concerns. These concerns are far-fetched and difficult to curb as perpetrators are ghostly and not on sight. A deep impression of the puzzling circumstance would reflect on the users’ perplexity to address the situation.

According to Wiktionary, “a troll is a supernatural being of varying size, now especially a grotesque humanoid creature living in caves or hills or under bridge.”

With this conceptual definition, trolling is done behind the scenes. One does not know the location of the hater and where the ‘shots’ are coming from. Some are just sitting behind a computer screen or tapping their touch screens. Trolling is directed towards people with a strong online presence and people that have a big influence on online communities- Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, ask.fm, there must have being a time that the term “being trolled” was used. This term was brought to light by social media junkies. It might sound bizarre but truth must be told, online trolling might get offensive and it is not always funny. Being trolled is one act that grows increasingly without control and regulation and so we have to deal with it as the internet sprout to become a social community.

Trolls often target influential handlers especially celebrities – musicians and sports stars. The trolls would go and look for errors and come out of the hiding to counter their posts. The saying:  “nobody is perfect” comes to play here as these celebrities are also human beings. The online line drawn between stars and other people is the fame. Trolls post comments and often call them names as a way of intimidating and causing mayhem between fans. Celebrities suffer wardrobe malfunction and commit grammatical blunders and the only way trolls react is by posting mean comments and gifs.

Other trolls are just the ones who post long threads and argumentative posts to show they are right and to make others feel inferior to stand their grounds. Receivers just tweet and they have no idea of the backlash awaiting them. The comments and jabs become insufferable and some people end up deleting their posts and more aggravating, their accounts.

 

This article was written by Alex Ndace.

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