The Internet provides us with a platform for freedom of speech, but with that freedom comes a lot of trolls. That doesn't just mean putting up with annoying comments from strangers. It can mean harassment, intimidation, stalking, and death threats.
While Internet trolls are masked with anonymity, the threat they impose on others is very public. HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski discussed how trolls affect people personally, financially, and even at work with Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital, Janet Sternberg, author of "Misbehavior in Cyber Places,” Michael Roberts, an internet bounty hunter, and Nancy Willard, Director at The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.
In some cases, the agenda of Internet trolls is personal. Roberts’ ex-wife harassed him online for almost seven years, ultimately destroying his business.
“She would contact every client,” Roberts shared. “A lot of it was anonymous. It was allegations of pedophilia, wife-beating, you name it. Every crime you can think of has been leveled against me.” Watch the full segment on HuffPost Live.
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