Trolls are all around the internet. Created intentionally just for fun, trolls can be really troublesome. Every day there are endless instances of people being trolled for no rhyme or reason on the social media. Be it celebrities, politicians or any other person, no one can get away with the trolls but it is important to know how you can tackle the trolls legally!
Remember the episode of the chat show “Koffee with Karan” where Alia Bhatt said that Prithviraj Chauhan is the Prime Minister of India? Her one wrong answer flooded the social media with countless memes and jokes on her. No matter how funny it was for the nation, but Alia had a hard time.
Anushka Sharma, the Bollywood actress, has been trolled several times for being accountable for Virat Kohli’s bad performance on the cricket field. The Bollywood celebrity, Lisa Haydon, has also been trolled with abusive and disgusting comments for her platinum blonde tresses, underwater photo with her 1-year-old son and her breastfeeding pictures.
Trolls are basically those people who post abusive and controversial remarks or comments on the social media and other platforms just to bother other people. Such remarks or comments are posted on social media or elsewhere by the trolls with the sole malicious intention to hurt the sentiments and feelings of others and provoke an angry reaction. Their messages are such that have the capacity to take everyone’s attention from the main subject matter to their abusive, illicit or controversial comments/remarks.
Trolls can go to any extent from sending abusive and obscene messages, personal attacks and comments about your family, children, and friends to even sending death threats. The maximum trolling happens on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, blogs, email, YouTube videos, and forums.
Trolls have the ability to demean the overall quality of online discussion or debate and persuade people to believe them. Due to such an extreme level of online trolling these days, some websites have been forced to turn off the option to comment on their articles/posts to discourage trolling.
In many cases, trolling occurs when people voice their opinion against anything on social media but at times there can always be situations where you are trolled for no rhyme or reason.
Though there is no specific law that directly addresses this growing concern but Indian laws such as Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860 and Information Technology (Amendment) Act (IT Act), 2008 account for making trolling a criminal act and punishable by the law. You must know what needs to be done incase you’re cyber-bullied. Here are the laws that can help you fight against the online bullies:
If you are trolled, you can definitely take legal recourse with the help of a good lawyer.
Trolling is the new generation cybercrime and trolls are the new generation of criminals on the internet who gets great sadistic pleasure to spread this online crime of hatred. Don’t ignore the trolls, fight against them. Don’t fear them; put the trolls behind the bars!