Does more need to be done to stop online trolls?
It’s been the question on everyone’s lips since Captain Sir Tom Moore received a barrage of abuse before he sadly passed away.
For many, it’s shocking that an 100-year-old Army veteran can be hated on despite raising around £33 million for NHS charities.
So the Daily Star decided to talk openly about the issue during its Hot Topics panel on Facebook Live this week.
Our Page 3 girls Daisy, Jess and Ruby reacted to the upsetting news regarding Sir Captain Tom Moore and discussed their own experiences with trolling.
Worryingly, it shows you can receive internet hate no matter what walk of life you come from.
Ruby, AKA influencer Alexa Singh, said: “It’s so sad. The man’s just died and he raised so much money.
“Can people not have a day off being horrible? I just think it’s awful and so unnecessary.”
Jay agreed: “I think the same, it’s awful.
“I’m not surprised because everyone gets trolled it doesn’t matter who you are – but it’s just mad, I can’t even imagine what they’d be saying about him.”
Daisy says the Captain Sir Tom Moore case shows how no one is immune from online trolling.
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She said: “Couldn’t agree more with the other ladies.
“You really can’t win – he’s done such an amazing thing and raised so much money.
“I don’t understand what people are trying to say.
“It blows my mind that people have found something nasty about him when he’s done such an amazing thing.”
The models went on to talk about their own experiences with internet trolls.
Disgustingly, Ruby has been on the receiving end of racial abuse on social media.
She said: “I always get trolling, especially on Instagram.
“When you have a big following or more than 100,000 followers, well that’s what people say anyway, it doesn’t make it right.
“People expect it to be part of the game.”
The Page 3 star also shared screenshots from trolls who attacked her appearance and branded her “dirty”.
One of the cruel messages reads: “Damn. You’re so ugly. You probably don’t get that a lot.”
And another jibed: “Dirty slut.”
So is there a way to put a stop to trolling for good?
Ruby believes more protection needs to be provided for social media users.
She said: “I think more should be done to protect people online.
“I think they get away with it so much.”
She continued: “When it happens, people just put it down to ‘trolls’ and nothing more is done about it.
“It affects people’s mental health and more action should be put in place.
“I’ve always said if you have social media accounts then your true identity should be linked to them so that when you do post horrible stuff, you can be held accountable for it.”
The ladies also gave their advice for dealing with trolls – and the common consensus is to not give haters the time of day.
Jess said: “I probably wouldn’t ever respond or go public with it.
“If you can look past it then do but it’s a really, really difficult one.”
Ruby agreed you should “try to ignore it if you can”.
She added: “I just tend not to look at them and I sometimes laugh at them to be honest.
“A lot of them have written nice things before and have been trying to DM you for a long time and then it gets so much more bitter over the time.
“I’ve learnt to switch off from it but not everyone’s the same.
“Most of them want a reaction anyway. You find once you actually give in to them they try and flip it back and be nice.”
Daisy added that while she feels sorry for people who feel the need to troll others online, more needs to be done to stop this happening.
She said: “I probably wouldn’t respond. I wouldn’t want to give them the satisfaction.
“Part of me does feel sorry for them because they’re sitting there as a keyboard warrior and have nothing better to do than be horrible to people. What do you gain from it…
“I also think it’s sad that you should expect it if you have a large social media following.
“Things should be done more to deal with it. You shouldn’t have to expect it because you’re in the public eye.”
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