Big brands on Facebook, celebrities on Twitter and Tumblr teens with lots of followers face trolling every day.
Unfortunately, as the web becomes more social and people can access social sites wherever they are from their smartphones, trolling (and even cyberbullying) will continue to be a problem.
The Urban Dictionary has a bunch of definitions under the term “trolling,” but the first one that pops up seems to define it as simply as possible.
So, according to the Urban Dictionary’s top rated definition for “trolling,” it can be defined as: "the deliberate act, (by a Troll – noun or adjective), of making random unsolicited and/or controversial comments on various internet forums with the intent to provoke an emotional knee jerk reaction from unsuspecting readers to engage in a fight or argument.""a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalizing tangential discussion, whether for the troll's amusement or a specific gain.” Those who aren’t quite as familiar with the internet slang definition of “troll” or “trolling” might automatically think of the mythical creature from Scandinavian folklore.
An Internet troll is a member of an online social community who deliberately tries to disrupt, attack, offend or generally cause trouble within the community by posting certain comments, photos, videos, GIFs or some other form of online content.
You can find trolls all over the Internet – on message boards, in your You Tube video comments, on Facebook, on dating sites, in blog comment sections, and everywhere else that has an open area where people can freely post to express their thoughts and opinions.
Think of that one family member or friend you know who just loves to hear his or her own voice.Controlling them can be difficult when there are a lot of community members, but the most common ways to get rid of them include either banning/blocking individual user accounts (and sometimes IP addresses altogether), reporting them to authorities, or closing off comment sections entirely from a blog post, video page or topic thread.Regardless of where you'll find Internet trolls lurking, they all tend to disrupt communities in very similar (and often predictable) ways.They hide behind their computer screens, and actively go out of their way to cause trouble on the internet.
Like the mythological troll, the internet troll is angry and disruptive in every possible way — often for no real reason at all.
And they don't even really have to have a reason to hate or insult someone.