Let’s talk about the ever present local psycho ….the internet troll.
I’ve found since returning to social media in 2014 there are people literally filled with hate and malice and their soul purpose is to cause you harm ,humiliate you and create discord in your real life outside of social media .
The first thing a troll does is join a group or forum based on a united front such a feminism anti racism or any other type of group that focuses on “community” especially if that “community” is disfranchised or has a core of lower income members this opens the door for them to sniff out a target who can easily be deemed “against the group” or in some way “looking down ” on the rest ,usually a person who isn’t as bad off or who has their shit together to some extent compared to the others. Natural human behavior is to find fault in someone who isn’t as bad off as the rest or who seems “different” no matter how welcome the space.
The second goal of the troll is to research the target and build a false narrative a false sense of “why we should hate this bitch” and slowly but surely DM , inbox and sow the seeds of reasonable doubt about their chosen victim this builds their following and it recruits other lower level trolls that are willing to participate in illegal or semi illegal actions to ruin the character of the victim the troll thrives on their followers need to advocate for a cause and with this they create a “villain” so that their followers can play “hero” by “taking someone down” for their cause .
Once there is enough social discord present in the group the troll can then divide duties to their underlings each one tasked with different behaviors and actions meant to paint the target in a negative light usually within a short period of time they can have someone’s personal life online and privacy invaded unbeknownst to the target all the while they’ve gone viral and their real life existence begins to suffer .
By the time the target figures out they’ve been slandered it could be months or even years before they realize there is a whole campaign against them .
Trolls rely on gossip ,haters and people who just don’t like the target to chime in and keep the ball rolling because to them this person shouldn’t be sitting around having a pleasant experience while they sit in their shitty situation they’ve created for themselves stewing in mediocrity ….the troll HAS to destroy the target because for whatever reason they were attracted to this persons light or energy and it was wayyyy too balanced . Trolls need to to find your vulnerability and create unbalanced negativity in your life they are jealous they are bitter and they can’t imagine you having it so much “easier” then them so they set out to destroy, lie and humiliate
What can be done ?
Nothing …the seeds are usually sowed and grown into trees by the time it’s realized and like any other sociopathic smear campaign you literally have to just live with it until they get tired of you
What to do to prevent it ?
To be honest stay offline or at the very least post memes and random photos don’t post anything too personal or voice any opinions or join any groups or forums focused on anything heavy or political trolls thrive in these spaces and as stated earlier no matter how welcoming the environment there is always someone willing to set the stage for your downfall it’s just not worth the risk
Who are these people ?
Usually covert narcissist they pretend to be knee deep in activism or whatever but they are mostly looking to boost their social media status and create a persona anyone that may make them feel “less than” in their imagination will be targeted or they are just bitches online who want to see you fail because they don’t like something about you
How do you know all of this ?
Because it happened to me lol and it’s still happening you’d be surprised the lengths a troll will go to destroy your character
I hope this helps someone who may be either going through or at least prevent something like this from happening to another person