The Policing Trolling, Hate, and Lies Online

Trolling- the targeting of social media users with defamatory and antagonistic messages – has grown alongside the popularity of social media platforms. It takes multiple forms: cyberbullying, cyberhate, cyberstalking, cyberharassment, revenge porn, sextortion, flaming and naming and shaming to name a few. Cyber-vigilantism is the related practice of punishing, sometimes by making visible, people who break norms or laws. In some contexts trolling and cyber-vigilantism are sponsored, with organized groups representing political agents (sometimes even national governments) who use aggressive and defamatory language (and misinformation??) to counter and harass those who criticize others viewpoints. Some trolls follow up their online abuse with offline aggression.

The workshop aims to create a common agenda for the policing of trolling. It will provide a forum for sharing of best practices and lessons learned among European security professionals and other actors.

More information can be found here.

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