How sad and terrifying…Death threats, ‘swatting’ attacks and a flooded basement: How online trolls destroyed this family’s offline life
#MyPerspective, Trolls or Nouveau-Terrorist/Criminals: I have often said, these trolls can not only steal your peace, health and happiness but can make you quit your presence and life on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.
As the new way of life (on social media) and it’s meaning and understanding evolves, so shall evolve methods to deal with the uneasiness and discomfort caused by trolls, but what does one do until then?
I say, do the following, three things:
1) First don’t be a troll, means – don’t rumor monger, pass value judgements, make hateful comments, do mud-slinging, etc. Before getting aggressive, prank-full, offensive or angry with someone – do the self/family test. The test is to imagine and answer a simple question; if someone else said or did that to you or your family, how would you feel?
“This world is full of scoundrel’s, If you decide not to be one, then, you can count one scoundrel less”. ~ Unkown
2) Don’t quit the social media platforms, coz you will give up your own right and compromise your freedom and they will win. I know – easier said that done. May be, suspend your presence or take a break from the platform, but don’t quit and come back to your choice or life.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~ MKG
3) There are many anti-trolling communities and help groups out their, the best one is “your personal network” – let them take on the trolls along-with you and you shall gather a critical mass and finally win. But, remember help begins with self-help.
Thou shall win and not the Trolls ~Yashwant Mahadik
Thanks Yash sharing sharing your views. You have really made things very simple on using social media effectively. If you just avoid these three things, social media will be a wealth of knowledge and information. And if we don’t adapt ourselves, we are bound to loose in this highly connected social world.