Before I start, I think we all know where I stand on trolls, but I think the word "troll" get bandied around too much at the moment. If you express a differing opinion, you are called a troll.
I've been "trolled" I've experienced death threats and had people say they will "bite my legs off" I've also experienced snarky indirect tweets from losers. There is a huge difference.
Over the weekend it was announced that Brenda Leyland had committed suicide. This was the woman "exposed" by Sky News as a "troll" of the McCanns.
But the issue is this, was she actually a troll? She expressed the opinion that the McCanns had something to do with the disappearance of Madeline McCann. She was more of a conspiracy theorist than a troll. She said they will burn in hell, I've wished worse on people. But another thing that MAY be relevant, the McCanns are not on Twitter, even if she was being abusive, it was indirect.
Was it right that Sky News and Martin Brunt exposed her as a "troll" and ran the segment every half hour, when no charges had been filed? Would you expose someone as a burglar or a murderer without charges being brought?
Was what Sky News did right? I think no.
It then also became a feeding frenzy, you know how the media can sometimes be. This was a tweet from LBC
Is it wonderful now, LBC? As you've deleted the tweet, I'm going to say no.
The whole thing makes me feel VERY uncomfortable indeed. If Sky were so intent on catching a "troll" why not pass it all to the police? Since when are the media the judge and jury, and in this case, perhaps, executioner?
Let me know.
Big Fashionista x x x