Interesting article. And although it is speaking of what laws against extreme serial trolling can be brought up is the crux of the article, which is a debate on free speech vs criminal bullying, I think that some things talked about concerning trolling, and the people that do it are a relevant discussion to have today.London (AFP) - The death of a British woman accused of a vicious campaign of online abuse against the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann has ignited debate over the growing scourge of Internet "trolls".
It is a trend that has been replicated the world over against high-profile figures.
The media lawyer said he had seen "a significant upswing" in online bullying cases.
But criminal prosecution, said Stephens, should be reserved for the most extreme cases.
However, new research confirms what many victims already know, that online trolls can be a sinister bunch.
A study by Canadian researchers cited in Psychology Today linked trolling to sadism.
"Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others. Sadists just want to have fun... and the Internet is their playground!" it said.
I am trying to not break the rules here so I won't mention anyone, but we all know who the bullies are on this site, and how sadistic they seem to be, so my question for the thread, is two fold.
1. What is wrong with these people that they feel the need to come in and **** all over the sites they go on?
2. Do you think that this kind of thing should be against the law? Should people be jailed for it? Thought crime?