“You are so stupid.” ” Nobody cares about your problems.” These are comments that can appear at anytime online.Comments from people on public forums, hiding their identity, that have no idea about the person behind the story or picture, these people are called Trolls . They go through the web trolling for a way to toss their insecurities and issues onto someone else, someone they don’t have to deal with the backlash from. But now certain sites are trying to prevent trolls from posting these comments.
The reasons for this is the prevention of tragedy, such as suicide, deformation and degradation. There have been several instances where the comments made by these trolls have caused harm not only to those whose post they comment on, but their families. In the case of Nicole Catsouras, 18, died in a car accident and afterwards trolls emailed pictures of her to her parents. http://youtu.be/QD-PB7V5nlg.
Sites like Reuters, Gizmodo and other sites are trying to make these trolls accountable for their comments. They would require the creation of an account in order to post comments, if their comments are harmfully negative they will be removed. Websites like these have the backing of the Federal Government with laws in all states concerning online bullying. http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aapx?mxl- 380-1310b.
While this seems fair to those victimized and their families, what about the freedoms of the troll? Regardless of the nature of the comment they have Freedom of Speech. In life people say things we don’t like and your choice is to continue listening or walk away, which are the same options online.
With that in mind:
Do you think its fair for sites to block negative comments?
Should people develop thicker skin when dealing with online comments?