Trolling the Net
I read an article today that made me realise that trolling is much more widespread than I had thought.
What is a troll?
A troll is usually thought of as someone who makes rude, obnoxious posts, starts flame wars and generally tries to make other users of forums annoyed and miserable. It has been said that a troll will disappear off somewhere else for a few days, then return and find the discord still simmering or even in full wildfire mode.
So who else is trolling?
But there is new breed of troll out there now, much more sinister. There are paid bloggers on many sites who are looking for posts in particular areas, so they can put a particular spin on a comment someone has made.
The Guardian newspaper published an article about a whole army of trolls paid to promote President Vladimir Putin's position on Ukraine, Western degeneracy, etc. Others have suggested that the USA, UK and others also pay trolls to join forums and comment appropriately.
I saw one comment on a blog about bees and weed control sprays. The commenter made a totally aggressive, unwarranted attack on the OP. It is probable that various lobbies and business interests are also using trolls, (excuse me), bloggers to cover their backs, rebut uncomfortable truths and post positive spins for them.
Any trolls on here?
So watch out for unwarranted and fierce attacks on positions. You never know, it may be a troll.
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