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Sometimes it’s best to feed the trolls

If you’ve been to the Internet, you’ve probably encountered a troll. That’s the nickname given to the people behind nasty or inflammatory posts in online outlets. Trolls seem to revel in sowing discord, provoking and tormenting other readers. “Don’t feed the trolls” is often considered the best response for dealing with such commenters, and data suggest that it’s effective: A recent Pew Research Center survey found that of people who did nothing in response to an incident of online harassment, 83 percent felt the ignoring tactic worked.

But the same survey found that of people who responded to the harassment, 75 percent felt that the tactic of engaging with the harasser worked. These intriguing data fit with several emerging lines of evidence suggesting that responding to online ranting can influence the behavior of the ranter. While censorship can further rile trolls, the right kind of reaching out can spur repentance. Sometimes, it’s good to feed the trolls.

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Twitter Blue problems? How to sign up for verification despite error messages

Signing up for the new Twitter Blue has caused problems for some folks. The Shortcut details the roadblocks you may hit trying to sign up and how to get around them.

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EvilCackle523d ago (Edited 523d ago )

Good thing I signed up at launch so people know I'm the real evilcackle

CurrentDigital523d ago

Huge loss for those who don't know where else to spend their surplus $8 a month

SwiderMan522d ago

Still haven't been approved for Twitter Blue :/

gatewayinternational519d ago

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Thousands of top websites collect your data in real-time as you type

Websites are harvesting our data even before we

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The days of remaining anonymous on the internet are coming to an end

Regulations are beginning to require users to verify their identification online.

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