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I clearly was not in sync with things when I decided to take my daughter to see Trolls – Band Together. It was slow and boring. I felt I had seen the film in the trailer. I really enjoyed the mix of music in the first two films, but this time around there was not much that was memorable.
Bookmarked Kate O’Halloran made a mistake on Twitter. But admitting it wasn’t enough for trolls – ABC Life (abc.net.au)

Freelance journalist and sportswriter Kate O’Halloran knows the risks of being a woman online and daring to comment on areas traditionally dominated by men. Kate was abused, harassed and left fearing for her safety after making an error in a tweet she posted while watching a game of AFL.

Kate O’Halloran reflections on her mistake on Twitter. She discusses how she was trolled, firstly on Twitter and then on Facebook. Associated with all this, O’Halloran discusses the toll that it took on her and her family.

I still haven’t read the comments on the post I made before I logged off. In fact, when I re-read over the abuse I received for the sake of this article, my smartwatch warned me that an “abnormal heart rate” had been detected.

She closes the piece encouraging people if they care for the welfare of those being targeted to contact them to provide support.

Patrick Wright discusses O’Halloran’s example to unpack the statistics associated with online abuse and bullying. He also provides a number of suggestions of what to do when placed in such a situation, including reporting, deflecting comments, using humour and blocking.

Bookmarked Why people troll others online (W. Ian O'Byrne)
  • Anonymity โ€“ People believe they can say anything and get away with it;

  • Perceived obscurity โ€“ People believe their online expressions are fairly private;

  • Perceived majority status โ€“ People believe their opinion or experience is the majority, and that people agree with them;

  • Social identity salience โ€“ People believe that their online identity means more than their offline identity. That is, online they are guided by โ€œmob mentalityโ€ and mimic members of their group;

  • Surrounded by their friends โ€“ People believe everyone in their network, or online social circles thinks and acts like they do;

  • Desensitization โ€“ People over time see others make so many nasty comments, or they do it themselves, that it doesnโ€™t seem like such a big deal;

  • Personality traits โ€“ People are sometimes outspoken by nature, and believe they can express themselves online without a filter;

  • Perceived lack of consequences โ€“ People weigh the risk vs. reward of engaging in these behaviors and believe that the benefits outweigh the costs.

Ian O’Byrne discusses some of the reasons why people troll online and how to respond to them. For a deeper look at the types of trolls, read Molly Hill’s post.