Sean Duffy of Reading, Berkshire has become the first man in the UK to be jailed for internet trolling.
Trolling, for those not familiar with the term, is the act of posting messages on social networking channels or emails to groups or individuals with the purpose of causing distress or inciting an angry response.
Basically, trolls are the anonymous bullies of the web.
Duffy was a particularly spiteful troll, targeting Facebook pages set up in rememberance of dead teenagers. Duffy in particular targeted the page dedicated to Natasha MacBryde, a 15 year old who took her own life by jumping in front of a train following a separate, unrelated spate of cyber-bullying. Duffy posted insults including calling MacBryde a “slut”, as well as creating an elaborate YouTube video that placed the teenager’s face onto a clip of kid’s TV show character Thomas the Tank Engine.
Duffy has been given an 18 week jail sentence. Needless to say, the internetz won’t miss him.
By Gerald Lynch | September 13th, 2011