Stringent and Effective Laws for Provocative Trollers


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GLOBAL systems of interconnected network is an entirely unexplored set of human behaviour. Open internet is a platform for trollers to thrive and achieve their goals. It means a deliberate offensive or provocative post with the aim of upsetting someone.

Trollers spend a credible amount of energy on targeting someone about his language, colour, religion, thinking actions and felt reactions. Feminist are frequently trolled by their unexpected attacks, overwhelmed by volumes of abuse, getting attention by frustrating them and to discredit them wherever possible.

People hide behind the screens with the purpose of abusing others whilst maintaining good behaviour in real life and abusive in digital space. Lack of patience results in inflicting pain and differences in opinions. Correcting other behavioural attitudes by trolling is seen as a part of social justice. Political or religious motivated trolls are common in daily life where bigoted or elitist people troll others. State sponsored trolling are common to attack a person who dares to criticize a regime or their political policies.

People remain unsafe and undergo trauma in day to day life because of trolling. Some oppose online censorship, taking advantages of the anonymity of the internet. Malevolent people torture and exhort by trolling. It encourages chain of anti-social crimes and aggression.

Stringent and effective laws need to be imposed to discourage and stop trolling. We should make people aware of digital crimes and conduct various programmes in schools, colleges for social welfare and start counselling of people to make safe our digital world. We should ignore the prevalent trollers and also report to the police about their repeated offences.

Muneer Shamee

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