Internet Troll Gets Tracked Down, Confronted in Real Life

Trolls are ugly, annoying, and irritating. Without a doubt, the best way to deal with them is to ignore them. Don't feed the trolls, the saying goes. With no one to antagonize, they'll quickly lose interest and move to another corner of the web. However, while it may be effective, ignoring trolls doesn't really teach us anything about them or why they do what they do.

The BBC's Panorama, a popular investigative current affairs program, recently focused its efforts on cyberbullying. The documentary was aired last Monday night but one particular segment posted online has attracted the attention of several blogs. In this clip, the BBC goes troll hunting, attempting to track down a known troll and confront him about the messages he posts online.

This man, known as Darren Burton to his friends, is said to post racist and other generally offensive comments on the memorial Facebook pages of individuals that have died. When the BBC asked Darren why he posts these messages, he said he was entitled to his own opinion and reminds the reporter Facebook is an open forum. When questioned as to whether or not he was worried about the consequences of his actions (the BBC reporter points out that 'people have gone to prison for less'), Burton scoffs at the prospect of going to prison.

His blasé reaction is interesting, especially when you consider the fact that most people assume that trolls act they way they do because of the anonymity the internet affords them. Apparently not.

Trolling Hunting with the BBC

(via The Next Web)

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  • jl0329
    Not the typical reaction I imagined a troll would have when exposed in real life.

    If they host a show about hunting internet trolls, I'd definitely watch it.
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  • cookoy
    i thought the story would end a little more action packed.
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  • wildkitten
    Marco925Wow, this guy is messed up. Racism isn't an opinion, it's a hate crime. You sir generalise people who believe in liberalism. this isn't a forum for political bashing of liberalism and conservatism.

    Racism is a hate crime?

    While racism may be despicable, the fact you seem to want to criminalize opinions is just as frightening. Guess freedom of thought is something you don't like. You are on a slippery slope with that attitude.
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  • alvine
    Why is this guy so immature?
    Now post hateful messages on his facebook and let's see how he will feel about that
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  • jl0329
    Not the typical reaction I imagined a troll would have when exposed in real life.

    If they host a show about hunting internet trolls, I'd definitely watch it.
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  • Soul_keeper
    If you think the internet is vulgar. Wait till you see real life !
    The internet is also a haven for sensitive liberals.
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