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Are Trolls Taking Control of the Internet?

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Look up the word "Troll" and you will find two meanings.  The first is the Scandinavian legend concerning hideous creatures whose life revolves aroung vexing humans and who turn into stone upon contact with sunlight.  The other definition is to fish using a hook and line that is pulled through the water.  Trolling on the Internet combines the worst of these two meanings, by creating hideous comments and untruths about human beings that are then pulled along by the sheer momentum of social media.  In short, online trolling is the most vile form of yellow journalism yet devised. Unlike traditional yellow journalism that can be dealt with in court by  overturning the slander and broadcasting the facts, online trolling can be difficult to defeat since the slander can snowball to take on a life of its own.  In a number of cases, trolling has been employed to cow or even stifle a journalist's right to free speech.  It has also transmogrified free speech into an insidious form of cyberbullying that threatens to undermine the rights of anyone who goes against the grain.  If you want to protect your freedom and keep from being hooked by these vile creatures, shine a light by making sure you tune into this episode of Working the Web to Win. you can also read about on our blog at this link - http://workingthewebtowin.blogspot.com/2016/02/are-trolls-taking-control-of-internet.html

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