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  • Yes, Trolling should be made illegal

    Trolling should be made illegal because it is mean and hurtful to good people who are trying to be good. It has taken many people's live because it has hurt their feelings about themselves so they feel like they don't have a need to live. It makes people hard work and it makes their thoughts and ideas look like garbage and nobody wants to be on the receiving end of that. Trollers should be banned because all they do is try and make themselves feel better by putting others down.

  • Trolling can kill people!

    If you think trolling doesn't harm anybody...THINK AGAIN. It can seriously hurt people who have a good life. Trollers can instantly kill people via internet due to the victim may commit suicide. It should be illegal. If a troller/s decides to troll a victim and the victim kills themselves, then the troller/s should be given life in prison (Here in Britain) or in the USA Death penalty.

  • Trolling, or the art of making someone mad by using certain tactics or strategies should be illegal.

    Trolling is causing a big problem in our country, and most of us can not see it but it is out there. The problem I am talking about is Internet Safety. Trolling is usually used to get some sort of specific information out of the target, by antagonizing them. And a lot of times trolling can border Hate Speech. If I am in a chat room online and I start going on a rant about how I hate African-Americans(I actually don't hate them just FYI) then I would think that that is the same exact situation as if I was in a park and saying it to the same amount of people. Because it doesn't matter how you say it, it still came from you, and if it was not already allowed out in the public world then why should it be allowed in the digital world? The only problem with trolling is documenting it. If the trolling happens over messages that include text, then usually that is easy to show that someone was trolling. But if someone is say using a microphone, then it is extremely harder to pinpoint the troll, and show that they were trolling. The problem with trolling is not the fact that it gets people angry, it is the fact that you are being completely racist and offensive.

  • Take responsibility for yourself

    People do things under pseudonyms and hide behind keyboards believing anonymity gives them power. Make people accountable for their actions by not giving them that option! Every kind of hatred is expressed online since many of these people do not have to take responsibility. If someone is going to smear crap somewhere then make them put their name and face on it. If you can't stand by your words then don't say them.

  • Trolling is caused by anonymity

    What trolls say to others to intimidate and disrupt discussions on web sites is caused by the frustration of people in not being able to get back to the troll and personally tell him what they think of his 'contribution'. I'm convinced the age of anonymity on the internet is coming to an end soon. Too many of these trolls are abusing it. Yes, they are only a small fraction of bloggers but that's enough. I think in the future your real name, address, e-mail, and perhaps even your age and gender will likely be mandatory and publicly available information for posting on a blog and it will be a criminal offense to post fraudulent personal data. Yep a lot of people will scream and rant and wail about the loss of freedom that lost anonymity will cause. But think about it. Does loss of anonymity really mean loss of true personal freedom or just loss of license? You'll still be able to watch those porn movies. It's just that your parents may find out what you've been doing. How is that loss of true freedom? If anything it's an incentive to grow up. And please don't whine about dictatorships. They already have the power to track you down if they wish. In America, the wild west lasted only a few decades. Then the lawmen moved in to control the behavior of those who were making others miserable. Tighter internet control and forcing trolls to accept responsibility for their words, just as if they were talking to others face to face, is an inevitable process. If you are afraid or ashamed to tell someone something hurtful to their face, why should you be allowed to do it anonymously on the net?

  • Trolling in itself is a result of anonymity.

    What trolls say to others to intimidate and disrupt discussions on web sites is caused by the frustration of people in not being able to get back to the troll and personally tell him what they think of his 'contribution'. I'm convinced the age of anonymity on the internet is coming to an end soon. Too many of these trolls are abusing it. Yes, they are only a small fraction of bloggers but that's enough. They have tools to spread their poison far out of proportion to their numbers. I think in the future your real name, address, e-mail, and perhaps even your age and gender will likely be mandatory and publicly available information for posting on a blog and it will be a criminal offense to post fraudulent personal data. Yep a lot of people will scream and rant and wail about the loss of freedom that lost anonymity will cause. But think about it. Does loss of anonymity really mean loss of true personal (political) freedom or just loss of license? You'll still be able to watch those porn movies. It's just that your parents may find out what you've been doing. How is that loss of true freedom? If anything it's an incentive to grow up. And please don't whine about dictatorships. They already have the power to track you down if they wish. In America, the wild west lasted only a few decades. Then the lawmen moved in to control the behavior of those who were making others miserable. Tighter internet control and forcing trolls to accept responsibility for their words, just as if they were talking to others face to face, is an inevitable process. If you are afraid or ashamed to tell someone something hurtful to their face, why should you be allowed to do it anonymously on the net?

  • Definitely it should.

    Trolling is essentially doing whatever it takes to anger or upset someone. All this will do is make it so people have to be always nice, polite, and kind, as well as respect one another and treat others how they want to be treated. Is that really such a bad thing? Why should cyberbullying such as this be allowed? And yes, it constitutes as bullying because the term bullying is defined as any action that intentionally causes physical or emotional pain to an individual. A world where everyone has to be kind to one another, is that really such a bad thing? For those who want to say it's "just entertainment", it isn't really because it hurts people (at least in the style of Minnesotaburns where the person is humiliated and their reputation is forever destroyed). Sure, it's entertaining to some, just like murder is entertaining to psychopaths, does that mean murder should be allowed too so the psychopaths can be entertained by it? It especially isn't entertainment for the one being trolled. Just because it's entertaining to some doesn't mean it should be legal. It's about all the people who are negatively affected by it, not the weird messed up people who are entertained by other people's suffering. And sure, people make money off trolling, but it's their fault for not having ethics and choosing a career that's at the expense of others; they could've just found a career that came without the emotional suffering of others, but they didn't, they chose this path, so in all honesty it's kinda their fault.

    How about we all just be super nice, kind, polite, and respectful to everyone around us? Why must you all be so intent on bullying people, why can't you be nice? Trolling is just the act of getting other people angered just to satisfy ourselves. Why not just make other people feel good inside, and bring them up instead of tearing them down? I think that would help the world a lot more compared to making little children cry and posting it all over youtube to humiliate them, destroying their reputation forever and possibly robbing them of all their friends? How is trolling, in any way, good? Why should trolling be legal in the first place? All it does is hurt people emotionally, and hurting people emotionally should not be allowed under any circumstance. What kind of animals are you guys? You feed so heavily off of negative emotions and drama. You'd rather make someone feel bad, instead of making someone feel good. It's sick and twisted. If you really want to make a positive change in the world: bring people up instead of tearing people down. If you don't want to make a positive change and you just have fun with bullying people, then you are a very messed up person and you should try to find a different hobby that isn't at the expense of others.

  • It is unrestrained bullying.

    The fact that trolling allows people to bully others with anonymity really speaks for itself. When people troll, they do it with an intent to hurt others as well as to compensate for their own misfortunes. What merit can freedom of speech have when it costs innocent lives? If in games or forums, people have the right to play that game or post in a chat message without getting blasted with degrading insults and jeers that make them feel sub-human. As of now, trolling and cyberbullying caused many young adolescents to commit suicide out of grief and anguish over the unrestrained and vehement trolling over Facebook, Twitter, internet games, and more. So for those who think trolling is a matter of freedom of speech - Freedom of speech means having the right to VOICE OPINIONS about subjects, not to sadistically BERATE AND ABUSE people through a computer screen. And for those who think trolling does not hurt others - let me hear you say the same thing after your family or friends killed themselves because of trolls, and having to share all the pain and suffering they had to endure from the events leading up to their suicide. When you all had that happen in your lives, I dare you to reaffirm that opinion without tearing up inside.

  • Trolling should be illegal

    Trolling should be illegal because it takes lives with it and it progresses to cyberbullying. Look at youtube its grown men trollung 8 and 9 year olds and at this age children have problem dealing with anger and stress adults shouldent exploit it they should help it (they say that we need to break the internet, but what about fixing the problems instead of making things worse)

  • Why Trolling should be illegal

    Trolling should be illegal because it can hurt peoples inner feelings and shouldn't be allowed many people think this as fun but for the person getting trolled it's not.What if you got trolled? "Trollers" take trolling to serious to make other people take pleasure in what they do. For Example : In some cases they actually say that the person getting trolled will be sued for modding, hacking, exploiting, ect. And the person getting trolled is worried and sure enough their blood pressure goes to high and you know what they probally die.Thats why Trolling should be Illegal

  • How can you actually trolling?

    Trolling is not so much as so little as to do with what everything is. But, it is within our self-interests to understand the topography of our world, unto ourselves. The future states that there is no time, other than the collapsation of that sensation of the mirror of the memories of which we are living. Common knowledge, but important nonetheless.

    As we face fear in these times, we also have anti-fear. It's hard to imagine or measure, the background radiation is too static to be seen under the normal spectral analysis. And the computer models, no matter how many that you have, and how many people that you use are never going to be able to arrive at the same conclusions. Four years ago, I worked with some people at the Brookings Institute and I arrived at a conclusion.

    Tomorrow is another day. Not just any day, but it is a day. It will get here. There's no question. And the important thing to remember, is that this simulation is a good one. It's believable, it's tactile, you can reach out, things are solid, you can move objects from one area to another. You can feel your body. You can say, "I'd like to move this mass of molecules over to that location" and you can actually move this mass of molecules from this location to that location at will. That is something you live inside of every day.

    Now, with the allocation, and the understanding of the lack of understanding, we enter into a new era of science in which we feel nothing more than so much so as to say that we don't really know.

    Therefore, Australia doesn't exist.

  • I plead the Fifth. ;)

    But seriously, if it is not harmful, what is the problem? A little trolling never hurt anyone. If it is out of control or abuse, then we can talk. Rape threats, death threats, slander, libel are not to be accepted. Seriously, I really truly, deeply hate this word minimum thing.

  • Freedom of Speech, and the power of "Ignoring".

    In simplest terms? People can say whatever they want, simply because they have a right to do so, as stated clearly in the first amendment of the United States Constitution. Furthermore, even if you wanted to, you cannot prohibit or regulate the prospect of "Trolling", as its impossible to stop people from posting or saying what they want to say. On every Youtube/Facebook comment there is a clear option to mark it as "Spam" or to "Flag" it if you don't want to look at it. Yes, this does not remove the ideals or feelings already expressed by the comment, but it would be the only way to regulate it, further explaining why it wouldn't work. Just as in real life, you cannot stop people from saying what they want to say. If someone wants to insult you to your face, they'll do it, and no one is going to stop them. Is that right? No. But they HAVE a right to do so.
    In addition, "Trolling" isn't always negative. "Trolling" can simply be a "practical joke" of sorts, where no one is really offended, and anyone with a healthy sense of humor can have a good laugh and move on with their life.
    In conclusion: Everyone has a right to say whatever they want, and if you don't like what they are saying, simply ignore it. There is nothing else you can do.

  • No, Come to the Internet with a set of Expectations

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 55 years, then we all need to come to the internet with a certain set of expectations. When you click on any blog/forum/etc.. Website LOOK at the RULES, if trolling is not acceptable then alert the authorities of the site instead of getting emotionally charged. And frankly if your prone to emotional upset that will manifest in self-abuse, then you shouldn't even be on the internet in the first place. Most importantly, don't feed the trolls, there lifeline is your emotional response and they crave it.

    Also get off of the darn internet if you feel yourself getting upset. You know what the number one prescription is for cyber-bullying? Going outside and getting a breath of fresh air!

    Now for the illegal part, had to spew my rant lol. Most websites geared towards internet dialogue on Legal grounds have website moderators, so we don't need the government spying on us anymore than they already do.

  • Online trolling provides free amusement for lots of people.

    Just one victim can provide hilarious fun for hundreds or even of thousands of internet users. In fact, trolls should be applauded because they give up their valuable time free of charge to entertain other people. In these dark days of economic austerity we deserve to have a bit of a laugh every now and again.

  • Why should it be?

    Trolling as an act can be hurtful, etc. However, to turn it into an illegal act is impinging on free speech, simply because trolling, as a term, is not easily defined. Is trolling repetitively repeating the same hurtful sayings? Perhaps. But if someone was to apply that definition to anything which "offended" them, then what good is the law? If you have the power to get someone into jail, simply by crying "Troll!"? Like the current societal norm of women being able to cry "Rape!" and get any male into jail, trolling should not be illegal simply because of the ease it has of being abused. On private property/networks, there can be rules that speak against "trolling", because it will be a right of the corporation to set the rules. But if a government sets the rule, how long would it take for a tyrant to come to power?


    Also, apologies if there is spam >.> Because I logged out when I disconnected from the internet, I attempted to submit three times or so as anonymous.

  • Why should it be?

    Trolling as an act can be hurtful, etc. However, to turn it into an illegal act is impinging on free speech, simply because trolling, as a term, is not easily defined. Is trolling repetitively repeating the same hurtful sayings? Perhaps. But if someone was to apply that definition to anything which "offended" them, then what good is the law? If you have the power to get someone into jail, simply by crying "Troll!"? Like the current societal norm of women being able to cry "Rape!" and get any male into jail, trolling should not be illegal simply because of the ease it has of being abused. On private property/networks, there can be rules that speak against "trolling", because it will be a right of the corporation to set the rules. But if a government sets the rule, how long would it take for a tyrant to come to power?

  • Why should it be?

    Trolling as an act can be hurtful, etc. However, to turn it into an illegal act is impinging on free speech, simply because trolling, as a term, is not easily defined. Is trolling repetitively repeating the same hurtful sayings? Perhaps. But if someone was to apply that definition to anything which "offended" them, then what good is the law? If you have the power to get someone into jail, simply by crying "Troll!"? Like the current society granted ability of women being able to cry "Rape!" and get any male into jail, trolling should not be illegal simply because of the ease it has of being abused. On private property/networks, there can be rules that speak against "trolling", because it will be a right of the corporation to set the rules. But if a government sets the rule, how long would it take for a tyrant to come to power?

  • No because kids in africa are hungry

    A man from alabama recently chewd the face of a homeless boy.....What else do you want ? Look at the world around you and just do not waste your time debating on stupid topics on "debate.Org"this is trolling my boys. Some of you will never understand it and continue to think that it makes teens suicide.No trolling is for pleasure and for cyberbulling others.

  • Can it be mean, yes. Should it be illegal, nope, here's why

    Trolling happens because people feel that their first amendment rights have been under fire for some time now. To combat this, many trolls go out and try to be as offensive as possible, as doing so gets back at the people who want to limit their speech to begin with. The problem with banning trolling is definitions of words seem to change all the time. Just look at marriage now. If you can change the meaning of words to fit your definition, you could literally say anything is trolling. And if it's illegal, then a person could go to jail for saying something YOU didn't like. Anyways, grow a thicker skin, get a sense of humor, and don't take what these trolls say seriously, your reaction is precisely what they are looking for.


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