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This Is What Happened When the BBC Confronted a Facebook Troll

Posted on February 9, 2012

There’s a sense of anonymity on the Internet — a quickly disappearing condition — that has some users feeling like they can say anything to anyone without consequences. One person in Britain, considered a “Facebook troll,” has written things that CNET calls “brutal, bigoted, and sometimes racist.” And now he’s been hunted down and confronted about them.

Trolls such as this often get away with their antics, but not any more. The BBC tracked down a man who goes by Nimrod Severen — legal name is Darren Burton who lives in Wales — who has said things on Facebook like “rot in piss” — a play on “rest in peace” — on a deceased person’s Facebook page and has also used the n-word against some. BBC says that Burton seems to prey on tribute sights for deceased individuals.

BBC’s main goal was to ask Burton “why?“ ”How does he j

Added: Apr-11-2012 Occurred On: Apr-9-2012
By: unit731
Tags: internet, trolls, Nimrod Severen, trolling, harrassment, bigotry, racism, hate speech, free speech, BBC, CNET, censorship, Facebook
Location: United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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