I FaceTime my online trolls. Anonymity Won’t Stop Abuse

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An email came straight to my inbox from the sunny hills of California. Something like “go back where you came from”, “kill yourself” and some other unpleasant feelings.

How do I know it’s from California? Oh, because the sender’s signature had a business address, name, and even a contact number.

When people want to send you hate, they don’t care about anonymity. I even tried to video call some of my trolls on Instagram and yes, they answer. They are not afraid to show their names, faces, or in some cases, their workplaces. Do not forget Math teacher harassing football player Marcus Rashford and he did so from a Twitter account with his name and work.

Shocked by the prospect of facing their subject, some trolls refused my calls, while others brazenly answered. And when they saw on the internet that I was a real person and not just a name, I hung up without saying anything.

After the tragic death of the deputy Sir David Amesrenewed calls targeting internet trolls and vigilantes by banning anonymous accounts.

Interior Minister Priti Patel said banning anonymous persons social media It can be a step towards preventing radicalization. This is after Ali Harbi Ali, The 25-year-old accused of killing Amess He was said to have been radicalized by materials found on the internet during quarantine.

Diane Abbott, who has got more online abuse Journalist Marianna Spring, who researched the latest Panorama documentary, more than any other female MP, supported calls to end people hiding behind anonymous usernames. sharp increase in online abuse, She testified to a committee of lawmakers this week to inform the drafting of the new Online Safety Act, specifically against women.

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