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7/21/2010 1:22:12 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear Campaign – Gawker (blog)
18 July 2010

The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear CampaignLast night, the users of 4Chan.org's notorious /b/ message board chose declared war on the lead singer of an obscure electro-pop band. More than 12 hours later, they're still waging it. This is how the Internet's worst trolls work.

This week, 4Chan's /b/ board launched an Internet gang-up on an 11-year-ancient girl, Jessi Slaughter, who had been the target of dubious Internet rumors about an underage sex scandal. They posted her real name, phone number, take up and social networking information and spearheaded a campaign of Internet and real-life harassment. They made her weep. /b/'s denizens have turned their ire now on 25 year-ancient Dahvie Vanity, the other half of that very likely made-up scandal. Vanity is the lead singer of the terrible electro-pop MySpace band Blood on the Dance Floor (Sample lyric:"I'll f*ck you in the face/and leave a nice taste.") Now, /b/ has sworn to ruin him.

4chan's /b/ message board is ground zero for Internet mischief. Some of their most well-known pranks include sending Justin Bieber to North Korea, flooding YouTube with porn and getting 4cha.org's founder, Christopher Poole, voted Time's most influential person.

/b/'s campaign against Dahvie Vanity—dubbed "Operation: The Penalty"—is a excellent case study in how these often impressive, sometimes dreadful feats are pulled off. I've been following the trolling operation since it started last night on /b/, surveillance as it went from /b/ to chatrooms to the inbox of the Orlando Control Department. Here's how it's extended so far:

A small time last night after 10pm, a /b/ user posted a proposition that the board's users troll the "pedophile" Dahvie Vanity. 4chan was still basking in its earlier harassment of Jessi Slaughter, so users quickly got on board—the thread exploded with suggestions and encouragement accompanied by unrelated pictures of boobs. One user compiled a dossier of Dahvie's personal information—name, date of birth, links to his social networking profiles and articles about him. Someone posted a link to a chatroom. When I entered it, about 44 users were chattering in all caps about how to take Vanity down. (If you typed in lowercase a flurry of users scolded: "CAPS OR GET BANNED.") This is where most of the detailed preparation would occur, with users frequently reorganization to the main /b/ board for reinforcements.

The early plans thrown around were the most technically ambitious, involving hacking into Vanity's MySpace or email accounts. Since users had found Dahvie Vanity's real name, date of birth and home state, the only thing they needed to reset the password on one of his email accounts (which one was unclear) was the answer to his security question: Name of first pet. One person posted the question to Yahoo! Answers, hoping some deeply obsessed fangirl would know the name of Vanity's first cat. Another one impersonated a fan and emailed Dahvie himself: "i just got a new cat and i wanted to name it after a pet you've had because i like you." Then they posted the email:

The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear Campaign

None of these deception tactics worked. "What happened to the ancient 4chan where everyone was a hax0r," griped one user. "They're all Tumblr f*gs now," answered another.

So they chose to launch a more pedestrian attack on Vanity's Internet reputation by Googlebombing him. Googlebombing consists of artificially boosting the number of searches for a term so it shows up in Google Hot Trends. (The foundation of the virulent Justin Bieber syphilis rumor.) The phrase in this case was "Dahvie Vanity raped Jessica [redacted]"—Jessica being Jessi Slaughter, 4chan's earlier victim. The bomb was primed with a post on /b/ telling users to type the phrase into Refreshthing, a website which can automatically Google a phrase once every five seconds.

The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear Campaign

Users also made scores of pages on the crowdsourcing service Yahoo! Answers, asking questions like "Did Dahvie Vanity really rape a girl?" Hey, just asking!

This afternoon, talk in the chatroom turned to trolling Dahvie In Real Life. IRL trolling is modest for only /b/'s most despised enemies, but throughout the night, users had chose unequivocally that Dahvie was a serial rapist and a pedophile. They wanted to get him arrested. A couple of users emailed the Orlando control department, pretending to be worried parents who had heard rumors of Vanity molesting underage children. They posted the email:

The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear Campaign

One user emailed Gurl, an online convergence for teen girls, telling them that they had been molested by Vanity. Another had the inspired the thought to email Westboro Baptist Church, I guess in the hopes that they'll gripe further than his house or something.

And that's basically where things stand as of this reorganization. 4chan has been having site problems for the last few hours, so Operation: The Penalty is in a holding pattern, unable to summon the full force of 4chan's user base. But the chat room still has 22 users. And this is what they're discussion about:

[14:38] anonymousey: damn internet, you scary :/
[14:38] anonymousey: i would never want to be on the reciving end of us
[14:38] anonymousey: i'll just say that much
[14:38] cyahnidde: lol same
[14:38] cyahnidde: we are like…some kind of internet despise machine

This is the chat room. Dare you to troll it.
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7/21/2010 1:29:18 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:25:37 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
F*ck 4chan. I hate that place. It should be shut-down.

They have done good things in the past (sending Justin Bieber to N. Korea)
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7/21/2010 1:31:22 PM
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At 7/21/2010 1:29:18 PM, PalinFan wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:25:37 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
F*ck 4chan. I hate that place. It should be shut-down.

They have done good things in the past (sending Justin Bieber to N. Korea)

That's nothing compared to harassing an innocent 11 year old girl. The parents should demand that the website be shut down.
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7/21/2010 1:31:35 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:25:37 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
F*ck 4chan. I hate that place. It should be shut-down.

/b/ does this, not 4chan. Shut down /b/, and they regroup on another board ,and proceed to cyberattack in revenge. Let them be.

Shut down 4chn, and you p*ss off /b/, Anonymous, other 4chan users, the ACLU, and other internet rights groups., which leads to an even bigger clusterf*ck sprinkled with revenge.

Besides, 4chan rocks.
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7/21/2010 1:32:46 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:31:22 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:29:18 PM, PalinFan wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:25:37 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
F*ck 4chan. I hate that place. It should be shut-down.

They have done good things in the past (sending Justin Bieber to N. Korea)

That's nothing compared to harassing an innocent 11 year old girl. The parents should demand that the website be shut down.

have you seen her original video? /b/ was jesting until she responded. Lesson of the day: Don't taunt bullies.
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7/21/2010 1:35:21 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:31:35 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:25:37 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
F*ck 4chan. I hate that place. It should be shut-down.

/b/ does this, not 4chan. Shut down /b/, and they regroup on another board ,and proceed to cyberattack in revenge. Let them be.

Shut down 4chn, and you p*ss off /b/, Anonymous, other 4chan users, the ACLU, and other internet rights groups., which leads to an even bigger clusterf*ck sprinkled with revenge.

Pretty much this. Shutting them down will not serve any purpose. They would just regroup elsewhere. There is no way to stop something like /b/ short of control and censorship of the internet. Censorship or control of the internet would be much worse than /b/.
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7/21/2010 1:36:13 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:35:21 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:31:35 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:25:37 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
F*ck 4chan. I hate that place. It should be shut-down.

/b/ does this, not 4chan. Shut down /b/, and they regroup on another board ,and proceed to cyberattack in revenge. Let them be.

Shut down 4chn, and you p*ss off /b/, Anonymous, other 4chan users, the ACLU, and other internet rights groups., which leads to an even bigger clusterf*ck sprinkled with revenge.

Pretty much this. Shutting them down will not serve any purpose. They would just regroup elsewhere. There is no way to stop something like /b/ short of control and censorship of the internet. Censorship or control of the internet would be much worse than /b/.

I would rather have censorship than innocent children being harassed. Sorry, but it's true.
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7/21/2010 1:39:28 PM
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At 7/21/2010 1:36:13 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
I would rather have censorship than innocent children being harassed. Sorry, but it's true.

You obviously did not follow the Jesse Slaughter story then. She was anything but innocent.

I forgot you are an authoritarian. The rest of us would very much like to keep our freedom of expression, though.
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7/21/2010 1:39:37 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:36:13 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:35:21 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:31:35 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:25:37 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
F*ck 4chan. I hate that place. It should be shut-down.

/b/ does this, not 4chan. Shut down /b/, and they regroup on another board ,and proceed to cyberattack in revenge. Let them be.

Shut down 4chn, and you p*ss off /b/, Anonymous, other 4chan users, the ACLU, and other internet rights groups., which leads to an even bigger clusterf*ck sprinkled with revenge.

Pretty much this. Shutting them down will not serve any purpose. They would just regroup elsewhere. There is no way to stop something like /b/ short of control and censorship of the internet. Censorship or control of the internet would be much worse than /b/.

I would rather have censorship than innocent children being harassed. Sorry, but it's true.

Innocent child?

The second is here right after she posted that video.
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7/21/2010 1:41:24 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:36:13 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:35:21 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:31:35 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:25:37 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
F*ck 4chan. I hate that place. It should be shut-down.

/b/ does this, not 4chan. Shut down /b/, and they regroup on another board ,and proceed to cyberattack in revenge. Let them be.

Shut down 4chn, and you p*ss off /b/, Anonymous, other 4chan users, the ACLU, and other internet rights groups., which leads to an even bigger clusterf*ck sprinkled with revenge.

Pretty much this. Shutting them down will not serve any purpose. They would just regroup elsewhere. There is no way to stop something like /b/ short of control and censorship of the internet. Censorship or control of the internet would be much worse than /b/.

I would rather have censorship than innocent children being harassed. Sorry, but it's true.

INNOCENT MY @SS! Have you seen the video that bitch posted? Her parents don't even watch what the f*ck she does on the internet. I swear, I'd probably punch that girl in the face if I ever got the chance to meet her.
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7/21/2010 1:42:30 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:39:28 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:36:13 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
I would rather have censorship than innocent children being harassed. Sorry, but it's true.

You obviously did not follow the Jesse Slaughter story then. She was anything but innocent.

I forgot you are an authoritarian. The rest of us would very much like to keep our freedom of expression, though.

It's not freedom of expression when it harms people.
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7/21/2010 1:42:31 PM
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Personally I find /b/ and 4chan in general to be nothing but the playground of juvenile idiots - but they have a right to be, so whatever.

If they get caught by the cops for doing something stupid, well, c'est la vie. Maybe they'll learn next time.
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7/21/2010 1:45:04 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:41:24 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:36:13 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:35:21 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:31:35 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:25:37 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
F*ck 4chan. I hate that place. It should be shut-down.

/b/ does this, not 4chan. Shut down /b/, and they regroup on another board ,and proceed to cyberattack in revenge. Let them be.

Shut down 4chn, and you p*ss off /b/, Anonymous, other 4chan users, the ACLU, and other internet rights groups., which leads to an even bigger clusterf*ck sprinkled with revenge.

Pretty much this. Shutting them down will not serve any purpose. They would just regroup elsewhere. There is no way to stop something like /b/ short of control and censorship of the internet. Censorship or control of the internet would be much worse than /b/.

I would rather have censorship than innocent children being harassed. Sorry, but it's true.

INNOCENT MY @SS! Have you seen the video that bitch posted? Her parents don't even watch what the f*ck she does on the internet. I swear, I'd probably punch that girl in the face if I ever got the chance to meet her.

THE. CONSEQUENCES. WILL. NEVER. BE . THE. SAME.
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7/21/2010 1:45:20 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:42:31 PM, Volkov wrote:
Personally I find /b/ and 4chan in general to be nothing but the playground of juvenile idiots - but they have a right to be, so whatever.

If they get caught by the cops for doing something stupid, well, c'est la vie. Maybe they'll learn next time.

Via backtracing?
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7/21/2010 1:47:12 PM
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Do any of you think that the allegations against Vanity are credible?
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7/21/2010 1:47:27 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:42:30 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:39:28 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:36:13 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
I would rather have censorship than innocent children being harassed. Sorry, but it's true.

You obviously did not follow the Jesse Slaughter story then. She was anything but innocent.

I forgot you are an authoritarian. The rest of us would very much like to keep our freedom of expression, though.

It's not freedom of expression when it harms people.

They never physically harmed that girl. She was a prissy little bitch, without any parental supervision whatsoever, who thought it would be funny to post videos online. Now she knows the repercussions of provoking the internet, and her parents had better learn to keep an eye on the sites she visits.
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7/21/2010 1:49:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:47:27 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:42:30 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:39:28 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:36:13 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
I would rather have censorship than innocent children being harassed. Sorry, but it's true.

You obviously did not follow the Jesse Slaughter story then. She was anything but innocent.

I forgot you are an authoritarian. The rest of us would very much like to keep our freedom of expression, though.

It's not freedom of expression when it harms people.

They never physically harmed that girl. She was a prissy little bitch, without any parental supervision whatsoever, who thought it would be funny to post videos online. Now she knows the repercussions of provoking the internet, and her parents had better learn to keep an eye on the sites she visits.

Sure, maybe she was posting stupid things on the internet. That still doesn't give people an excuse to harass her. She's 11 for f*ck sakes.
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7/21/2010 1:50:47 PM
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At 7/21/2010 1:47:12 PM, PalinFan wrote:
Do any of you think that the allegations against Vanity are credible?

That's for the cops to decide - not a bunch of guys on /b/ whose standards of evidence are usually tits or gtfo.
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7/21/2010 1:51:44 PM
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At 7/21/2010 1:49:00 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:47:27 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:42:30 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:39:28 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:36:13 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
I would rather have censorship than innocent children being harassed. Sorry, but it's true.

You obviously did not follow the Jesse Slaughter story then. She was anything but innocent.

I forgot you are an authoritarian. The rest of us would very much like to keep our freedom of expression, though.

It's not freedom of expression when it harms people.

They never physically harmed that girl. She was a prissy little bitch, without any parental supervision whatsoever, who thought it would be funny to post videos online. Now she knows the repercussions of provoking the internet, and her parents had better learn to keep an eye on the sites she visits.

Sure, maybe she was posting stupid things on the internet. That still doesn't give people an excuse to harass her. She's 11 for f*ck sakes.

*Facepalm*

Post 10, second video.
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7/21/2010 1:57:30 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:42:30 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:39:28 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 7/21/2010 1:36:13 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
I would rather have censorship than innocent children being harassed. Sorry, but it's true.

You obviously did not follow the Jesse Slaughter story then. She was anything but innocent.

I forgot you are an authoritarian. The rest of us would very much like to keep our freedom of expression, though.

It's not freedom of expression when it harms people.

Yes... it is... No one has a right not to get offended.
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7/21/2010 2:00:58 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 1:49:00 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
Sure, maybe she was posting stupid things on the internet. That still doesn't give people an excuse to harass her. She's 11 for f*ck sakes.

So eleven year olds should be exempt from consequences?
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7/21/2010 2:03:19 PM
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At 7/21/2010 1:49:00 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:

Sure, maybe she was posting stupid things on the internet.

Not just "stupid". Anyone can do that. She was clearly provoking people, and had an unrealistic, inflated sense of self. And it's not just that she was attention-whoring on any random board. This is /b/. And /b/ doesn't get upset easily (see: /b/ is not your personal army). The fact that she managed to incur the wrath of Anonymous is a testament to the fact that her behavior was unacceptable.

That still doesn't give people an excuse to harass her. She's 11 for f*ck sakes.

Valuable lesson.
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7/21/2010 2:05:56 PM
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Although I think trolling her was hilarious and that little b*tch deserved it, I do see how you can object to their activity without infringing on freedom of expression. Stealing her email/facebook/myspace/youtube passwords is clearly an invasion of her property.
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7/21/2010 2:08:12 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/21/2010 2:06:03 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
Also, I'd like to make an important clarification. A great deal of the harassment is also in regards to her father.

Ya, who just so happens to be a negligent d!ck.
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7/21/2010 2:12:24 PM
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At 7/21/2010 2:08:12 PM, J.Kenyon wrote:
At 7/21/2010 2:06:03 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
Also, I'd like to make an important clarification. A great deal of the harassment is also in regards to her father.

Ya, who just so happens to be a negligent d!ck.

By and large, it's the fact that he tried to feign knowledge of computers to formulate a threat against people who spend 95% of their lives on computers.