Facetious Following to Terrible Trolls… Social Media and Manners

Facetious Following to Terrible Trolls… Social Media and Manners

Something has struck me in recent days. Be it in reference to the election debates, UKIP or the tragic events in Paris, people can be pretty horrible to each other. I’ve stumbled across some terrible abuse on social media sites, not directed at me but between others. Some of it is downright offensive, racist and derogatory. Other comments are more insidious, the passive aggressive taunts of those who relish in passing judgement on the comments or posts of others. I appreciate the irony here – am I not being judgemental too? Of course I am. I don’t like it but I strongly feel that we must not tolerate this. We should of course block and report abuse. We should not engage with trolls. But if we can all try to ensure that we think before we comment, the world would be a happier place – I think. Once you put something on social media it is out there forever.

With that in mind, I thought I’d re-post an old post of mine which sums up my views quite succinctly.

Helen Treharne

I’m Helen Treharne, fiction author an creator of The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series. I live in South Wales with my husband, young son and rescue cat.
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  1. January 17, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    I’m a firm believer in freedom of expression, but when people hide behind the relative anonymity of the Internet to savage and abuse others, it makes my blood boil.

    • January 17, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      I agree Charles. I think its exciting to have good levels of debate and the opportunity to challenge views. It is so sad when people just abuse the opportunity we have for free speech to hurl personal abuse at people or to make people feel small.

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