ONLINE trolling is back in the headlines as it seems to be far too common in the UK. Celebs like Jesy Nelson have opened up about being trolled relentlessly - but what are the laws around trolling? Here's what we know. What is an internet troll? The word 'troll' is slang for a person who deliberately starts arguments on the internet with the aim of provoking an individual or group into a reaction. It can be done because they genuinely want a healthy debate, or because the troll simply enjoys winding people up. The term has nothing to do with the ugly green character from children's literature, it's actually a fishing term. Like fisherman, trolls attach their bait and wait for other members of the public (the fish) to bite. This is why trolls often target celebrities and other public figures - they're not necessarily looking for a reaction from the stars themselves, but from their army of loyal followers. For this reason, the best way to get a troll to go away is simply to ignore … [Read more...] about What is the law around internet trolls and trolling?
What is an internet troll
HERE’S the good news. The people of the UK are happier than they have been for years. This is according to the World Happiness Report. While the rest of the world is sinking into psychological depression, we’re much more upbeat. Some of the British Press reporting this have used those dread words: “Despite Brexit . . . ” It wouldn’t occur to them that it might be BECAUSE of Brexit. I suspect for 52 per cent of us that’s pretty much the case. Maybe to keep up levels of national happiness we should leave horrible, authoritarian bureaucracies every year. Just to put a grin on our faces. I mean, the French don’t seem very happy, do they? MAY'S DEAL IS AWFUL But here’s the bad news. Theresa May is still Prime Minister and we’re currently heading for a Brexit which would be a travesty of the one we voted for in 2016. If we get Brexit at all. Some of the Brexiteers in Parliament think we might still be able to … [Read more...] about Take what we can on Brexit and scarper — the longer this goes on, the more likely we won’t leave at all
Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 3:26 am PST, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 The messages started in late December, just as the families and friends of the 17 people who died in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, prepared to face the holidays for the first time since the massacre last February. "I killed your loved ones hahaha," said one. "Your grief is my joy," said another. "They had their whole lives ahead of them and I ... stole it from them," said a third. The source was an Instagram account with the username @nikolas.killed.your.sister - an apparent reference to Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. According to the FBI, it belonged to Brandon Fleury, a resident of Santa Ana, California, who was arrested last week after investigators determined that he had created multiple Instagram accounts that were used to taunt the friends and family of Parkland victims, often choosing usernames that invoked Cruz and serial killer Ted Bundy. On Friday, … [Read more...] about An Instagram ‘troll’ impersonated the Parkland shooter to harass victims’ families and friends, FBI says
I LOVE the inspirational story about Brampton Manor Academy in Newham, East London, where no less than 41 pupils have received offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge. Given how hard it is to get into those universities, this would be the most phenomenal achievement for any school. But Newham is one of London’s most deprived areas. Two-thirds of these students will be the first in their family to attend uni and half have received free school meals. This achievement is truly astounding. When Sam Dobin, the head of the school’s sixth form, was asked if any school could do the same, his reply was so telling. “Yes, if you believe in your students,” he said. What a powerful statement. This school’s success is rooted in a couple of factors. It has a dedicated “study centre” open from 6am until 7pm. The centre was opened after the school realised that some of their students who live in busy or chaotic households don’t have access to a quiet … [Read more...] about Oxbridge success of London’s most deprived pupils is down to self-belief
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Christopher Muther Globe staff January 16, 2019 The ad is uplifting, inspiring, and, most astounding of all, it asks its customers to think about the consequences of their actions, and not just at the cash register. Gillette’s “The Best a Man Can Be” ad debuted Monday, and by Tuesday it was a viral sensation. But just as rapidly as it garnered praise for taking on sexism, bullying, and actions that fall under the annoyingly dated adage “boys will be boys,” it became a lightning rod for critics and Internet trolls who complained that the message is part of the “war on men.”If you need proof that the Gillette ad is necessary, just go to Twitter and search #BoycottGillette. Make sure you take your blood pressure medication before you start reading. Users complained that the Gillette ad is part of the “pussification of … [Read more...] about The backlash to the Gillette ad is exactly why it’s needed