Trolling (verb), as it relates to Internet, is the deliberate act, (by a Troll – noun or adjective), of making random unsolicited and/or controversial comments on various Internet forums with the intent to provoke an emotional knee jerk reaction from unsuspecting readers to engage in a fight or argument
CYBER HARASSMENT (CH)
CYBER BULLYING (CB)
Cyber Harassment (verb) is the use of Information and Communications Technology to harass, control, manipulate or habitually disparage a child, adult, business or group without a credible or implied threat of harm. Unlike physical harassment requiring physical contact, cyber harassment occurs in cyberspace using ICT and is verbal, emotional or social abuse of a person, group or organization.
DOG WHISTLE (DW)
Dog-whistle is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different, or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup. The analogy is to a dog whistle, whose ultrasonic whistling sound is heard by dogs but inaudible to humans.
The term can be distinguished from "code words" used in some specialist professions, in that dog-whistling is specific to the political realm. The messaging referred to as the dog-whistle has an understandable meaning for a general audience, rather than being incomprehensible.
INTERNET TROLL (InTRL)
Internet Troll (noun) is a colloquial expression describing any person(s) who uses Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to instigate, tease, provoke or incite to anger other online users or groups of online users.
Their primary goal is to illicit and instigate a negative response from their provocations.
PREDATOR TROLL (PrTRL)
Predatory Trolls (noun) are a new breed of internet troll that evolved from the classic troll. They are online users who both choose online users randomly and intentionally. Just as classic trolls, predatory trolls can be ex-work associates, ex-partners and loved ones. They may also be unknown online users. Predatory trolls may target others alone, but increasingly work in groups (aka, Troll Triad). Like all trolls, predatory trolls are driven by needs for power, recognition, peer acceptance and control.
Predatory trolls seek to destroy their target’s reputation and the reputation of their family members, children, careers and loved ones. They always engage in defamation, slander, libel, disinformation campaigns and criminal defamation. The response of their target is more than anger, frustration, and anxiety. Depending on the intensity of attacks, some targets become traumatized and may suffer psychological dysfunction. As the Information Age advances, predatory trolls will become increasingly problematic to all aspects of society.
VIRTUE SIGNALING (VS)
virtue signaling - the action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one's good character or the moral correctness of one's position on a particular issue.