When Dr. Faisal Moola tweeted at Tim Hortons on June 4, little did he expect the Twitter tsunami of ugly and racist abuse that ensued.
The Twitter micro blog service is taking measures to fight racism and trolling on the platform. Abusive comments will be hidden. The company’s Chief executive Dick Costolo told the Financial Times that the scale of hate speech, abusive and insulting messages is intimidating. Twitter will fight trollers and hate instigators by hiding their messages if their accounts have no followers, user information or user picture.
The Internet is without doubt a great invention. Unfortunately, no one so far has been able to develop an anti-troll device that will help to make it a more civilized place. You might have come across this beast called the Internet troll too, in the white of comment boxes, on social networks, and on discussion boards.
How many Internet arguments have you witnessed? Or better yet, how many Internet arguments have you participated in? I visit a number of forums and communities on a daily basis, and I see arguments all the time.
But what really bugs me are the people who make unfounded arguments and think that they’ve won.
You might know these kinds of people as “trolls” – people who will come up with any and all types of nonsensical logic. And then there are times where people will make baseless arguments unknowingly.