Don’t tell them your name, or where you live, or how old you are, or what school you go to. In college, I joined an online text-based RPG and had a blast. Yet we do guard our privacy on the internet – viciously, in some cases.Don’t tell them anything about you.” And I rolled my eyes and promised I wouldn’t because I had never intended to in the first place. I made friends and we all talked frequently outside the game, emailing each other at length about any number of topics. You don’t know who these people are.” “Mom,” I assured her, “I really do. We are particular about who can view our Facebook accounts, Twitter feeds, who can have our email addresses.And that supposed anonymity emboldens them to do and say things that they would never express in polite company, to harass others and promote content of a violent or horrific nature.It isn’t that every pseudonym on the internet is harboring a troll, but it is the perfect place for a troll to hide.They use the internet and make friends, like I did.They offer up their real names and real information about their lives, and they do it without fear.So perhaps this “invasion of privacy” uproar is moot.At the end of the day, whether the current methods of dealing with these problems are right or wrong is an argument that can play out into the ether; it doesn’t change how things will actually function now and going forward. What you say and do on the internet is being heard loud and clear, by more people than you might ever suspect.
She tweeted at the company he was sending a resume to, showing them the game he had created, and let others know that he was responsible.Recently, a man who had been brutally harassed by an internet troll for three full years used this technology to find the person who had made his life hell, day to day.That troll, shockingly, turned out to be the son of a family friend.But there are still many people who have populated the internet with alternate personas.They create avatars and fake names and sometimes even fake opinions.