TV presenters such as Gary Lineker and Rachel Riley, as well as politicians such as London Mayor Sadiq Khan back the Centre for Countering Digital Hate’s report on effectively tackling online trolling.
Celebrities including the TV presenters Gary Lineker and Rachel Riley have backed a charity initiative not to feed online trolls. A group of 13 celebrities, politicians and charity workers are publicly endorsing the campaign by Centre for Countering Digital Hate, which has produced a report called Don’t Feed the Trolls: How to Deal with Hate on Social Media. This offers a practical guide for people, particular public figures, on dealing with hateful online comments. This points out that online trolls enjoy hurting people and want their comments to be widely shared. Instead their targets should use social media tools such as blocking and reporting rather than inadvertently giving what trolls want – further publicity and to revel in the pain they are causing.
RACIAL ABUSE ONLINE
Gary Lineker, former England football striker and host of BBC’s Match of the Day, urges people not to “rise to the bait; block the trolls and take some time out” and is particularly concerned by the prevalence of racist abuse online. He added: “We’ve all been shocked by the way in which racist trolls have been targeting footballers recently. It is frankly horrifying that they have sone so in a calculated way to spread their abhorrent views.