Another week, another vile trolling. This time it was Team GB speed skater Elise Christie, who was abused online after being stripped of a silver medal at the Winter Olympics. ‘I’ve had a few people threatening me, cyber bullying basically’, she said, before quitting Twitter.
We know the devastating impact it has on the victims… but what about the trolls. Why do they do it - and do they care at all about the damage they are causing?
In this week’s issue of Grazia, we interview a woman who admits she’s addicted to trolling A-Listers. In the controversial piece, Katy* says, ‘It took me a long time to admit that what I do counts as ‘trolling’; the same way that nymphomaniacs insist, ‘I just have a healthy appreciation for sex’. I keep telling myself I’ll stop when I finally have a life that makes me happy, when I have a boss who respects me and a boyfriend who adores me. I guess then I’ll have better stuff to do. Right now, though, I don’t - it’s the quickest way to transform how I’m feeling.’
Around 30 people a week are found guilty of trolling as convictions for bullying on the social network site soar. Last month, Isabella Sorely and John Nimmo were jailed for sending offensive remarks to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez. Yet this seems to be doing little to stop them. Just last month, Beth Tweddle was attacked during a live Q&A on Twitter. Her appalling treatment was highlighted by the Everyday Sexism Project.
We'd love to hear your thoughts... have you ever been trolled? What do you think should be done to crack down on cyber bullying? And read our full interview with Katy in this week's issue of Grazia, on sale now.
*Name has been changed
Photo credit: David Marquez