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Trolling in Cyberspace



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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 16, Number 1 (2020)
Pages 3345
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Mike Pennucci — Lincoln Financial Group, USA
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




This paper discusses the history of trolling in cyberspace over the years, its origins as a harmless waste of time and bandwidth, and how its definition has changed over the last ten years to something more sinister and threatening. Next, an examination of two possible theories as to why a person would troll is undertaken. Several studies into trolling that have been performed are examined. One posits that the troll is someone who enjoys hurting others, the other that trolls are someone who is reacting to stress in an inappropriate fashion online. Finally, several possible solutions to trolling are discussed, as well as the rationale behind why this is not a simple behavior to prevent.




Trolls, The Internet, Sharing of Information, Misinformation, Posts.




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