View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. What Is
April 3, 2017

What is trolling?

Trolls lurk on the internet, causing trouble for their own amusement.

By Ellie Burns

The term trolling stems from the internet slang ‘troll’, which is a person who starts arguments or upsets people by posting inflammatory, extraneous messages online.

The aim of a troll is to provoke other online users into an emotional response often for their own amusement. Trolling is the associated verb to ‘troll’ and was originally thought to be the same as ‘flaming’ – defined as a a hostile interaction between online users which often involved insults and profanity. However, the term troll has changed to refer to any content that targets another person.

Isn’t trolling just cyberbullying?

Topics in this article :
Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU