Trolling has often been put in the same category as cyberbullying, but there are subtle differences between the two. The goal of the cyberbully is to harass and harm and while some trolls do enagage in cyberbullying, others troll to create mischief that does not harass or harm an individual or group.
A common warning seen on various sites is ‘Please do not feed the trolls’. This is a reference to what many consider is the most effective way to respond to a troll – ignoring them. Responding and engaging with controversial posts and subject matter only serves to encourage more trolling.
Standard Definition Exists?
A person who makes a deliberately offensive or provocative online post.
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