THE word troll first entered our language as a name for a mythical
There is nothing mythical about the trolls plaguing the internet today.
Many of them are real-life monsters, perverted weirdos who get their
kicks posting obscenities on tribute pages.
Today we reveal the truth about Sean Duffy, the latest internet troll to
be jailed for desecrating online memorial sites and uploading videos
mocking the dead.
He had been targeting mourning families for years, feasting on the
misery of relatives already shattered by the loss of loved ones.
Duffy is far from alone. Many high-profile tribute sites have been
besmirched by trolls, including those devoted to Madeleine McCann, Amy
Winehouse, Jade Goody, and murder victims Sally Anne Bowman and Jimmy
Trolls have minds like sewers. It is impossible to understand how anyone
could stoop so low.
Outrage will not stop them, because they are sub-human. But we are not
powerless against these creatures.
Although trolls tend to be secretive loners hunched over computers at
night, their identities are usually known to someone.
Shopping a troll to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube is not being sneaky. It
is a public duty.
Facebook and other sites must be faster at spotting and removing filth.
They should also try harder to nail trolls using computer trails.
And the law needs tightening. Duffy got the maximum 18 weeks for sending
malicious communications. That maximum should be at least five years.
Our Trap A Troll advice shows how you can fight back.
For Madeleine's sake, for Amy's
sake, and for the sake of all victims, we must put these trolls behind
UNION leaders are off their heads. They think the country believes
public sector workers have a rotten pension deal.
Private sector workers think the opposite. Private pensions are in ruins
and worsening daily, with millions facing a penniless old age.
Public sector workers get generous copper-bottomed pensions and can quit
work sooner. That's why it is only fair they pay a bit more towards
The fatcat bullies of the TUC are wasting their time trying to bring
Britain to a halt on November 30. They tried the same trick in June and
With unemployment up again yesterday, going on strike is a short cut to
the dole queue.