I want to talk about trolling. Mostly because it is a hot topic at the moment, what with the Charlotte Dawson case (please note, this whole case is very disturbing, be warned that it is highly likely you will find it very triggering if you delve too deep into it) happening over the past few days. A potted version for those who don't feel up to delving further, Ms Dawson (television personality) was involved in an online argument, which blew into a massive Twitter hate campaign with hundreds of violent, hateful messages aimed at her, and then Ms Dawson ended up in hospital.
AMEN. I'm reblogging this, because abuse is rife online. I and my friends have all been a target at some point, and I don't at all agree with 'just stop reading' or 'you have to have a thick skin on the internet.' It's not okay. It never will be okay. And social media sites need to step up and have clear guidelines and penalties, and clear options available to those who are threatened. The internet is an awesome forum for us to share ideas and resources, to have a voice, and to get our message out there. BUT just like off the internet, basic respect for every other living creature is a necessity and a right. It's also fine to not agree with another person - but it's NOT fine to abuse them for their differences.