TIME Argues ‘Trolling’ Demands Formal Policing of the Internet
By Daily Bell Staff - August 22, 2016

How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet Joel Stein … Troll Culture of Hate Time … They’re turning the web into a cesspool of aggression and violence. What watching them is doing to the rest of us may be even worse  …  This story is not a good idea. Not for society and certainly not for me. Because what trolls feed on is attention. And this little bit–these several thousand words–is like leaving bears a pan of baklava.  It would be smarter to be cautious, because the Internet’s personality has changed. – TIME

TIME magazine has written yet another horrible article, this one basically calling for the Internet to be controlled and censored because of too many “trolls.”

It’s not clear why there are more of them now than before. The only reason the article gives is that “mores” are being stripped away by anonymity and “aggression and violence” are “seeping from our smartphones into every aspect of our lives.”

This doesn’t make much sense but TIME often doesn’t seem to make a great deal of sense. Smartphones have been around for years but TIME has only decided now, apparently, that trolling is a big enough problem to warrant a major article.

And it’s one, eventually, that TIME suggests ought to dealt with by civilian policing. You’d think the Internet itself provides enough ways, for the most part, to deal with all but the most persistent harassment. But TIME doesn’t see it that way.

TIME is actually a little late to the party. The article actually builds on reports (here) that London’s Metropolitan Police are setting up a £1.7 million “Twitter squad” to fight social media trolling. Some £500,000 is funding a Home Office Online Hate Crime “hub” as well.


Once it was a geek with lofty ideals about the free flow of information. Now, if you need help improving your upload speeds the web is eager to help with technical details, but if you tell it you’re struggling with depression it will try to goad you into killing yourself.

Psychologists call this the online disinhibition effect, in which factors like anonymity, invisibility, a lack of authority and not communicating in real time strip away the mores society spent millennia building.

… The people who relish this online freedom are called trolls, a term that originally came from a fishing method online thieves use to find victims. It quickly morphed to refer to the monsters who hide in darkness and threaten people.

Internet trolls have a manifesto of sorts, which states they are doing it for the “lulz,” or laughs. What trolls do for the lulz ranges from clever pranks to harassment to violent threats.

The article goes on to mention “doxxing” –  which is “publishing personal data, such as Social Security numbers and bank accounts.”

Also something called “swatting,” –  “calling in an emergency to a victim’s house so the SWAT team busts in.”

So we can see the article is conflating words with actions. Trolling, it is implied includes the theft of data and false reports of an emergency. Additionally, some of the examples of trolling seem aimed at men and women whose belief structures seem to be emphatically politically correct.

No matter. Toward the end of the article, we get to the argument that the Internet needs official policing.

As more trolling occurs, many victims are finding laws insufficient and local police untrained. “Where we run into the problem is the social-media platforms are very hesitant to step on someone’s First Amendment rights,” says Mike Bires, a senior police officer in Southern California who co-founded, a tool for cops to fight on-line crime and use social media to work with their communities.

“If they feel like someone’s life is in danger, Twitter and Snapchat are very receptive. But when it comes to someone harassing you online, getting the social-media companies to act can be very frustrating.” Until police are fully caught up, he recommends that victims go to the officer who runs the force’s social-media department.

This excerpt mentions Twitter, which (controversially) has been relatively aggressive about punishing users it deems abusive. In some cases, lifetime bans are levied. Of course, it’s not just Twitter. Facebook and Google (via YouTube) monitor user communications on an ongoing basis.

This is ironic, however, because both Facebook and Google are basically CIA-supported and funded facilities (here and here). One can make the argument within this context that the Internet’s largest providers are basically part of the US’s military-industrial complex.

Thus the same groups that fight interminable overseas conflicts wounding and killing millions are also concerned with “trolling.”

Certainly some “trolling” may be extremely malicious and even dangerous. But it obvious as well that the Internet has given people an independent voice along with important, alternative points of view. And this is obviously – and increasingly – disturbing to those who control society from behind the scenes.

Conclusion: The idea is to generate yet another faux reason to regulate and police information technology. Britain has already begun, and TIME apparently wants to ensure that the US won’t be far behind.


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  • freewheelinfranklin543

    The majority of the trolls are workin for the NWO. They will use their own trolls as the excuse to censor the internet.

  • AnonymousMax

    TIME longs for the good old pre-internet days when their word was held up as gospel.

    • timamac

      Time for TIME to go, in fact I thought it already had.

  • Halford Mackinder

    As if the people who read Time magazine actually know how to use computers? Average age of Time subscriber = 69.

    • EDD

      I don’t read Time, but I think your remark about old timers not being able to use a computer is very offensive. (Tongue in cheek; lol hysterically). Actually, I have put together all computer systems I have owned since 1990. Then I am assured I know how they work. So, hang your head in shame, pup. Btw, I am 71, two years beyond your average Time subscriber. And I woke up to their shenanigans years ago. Another btw, I consider myself middle aged, not dense and senile like you seem to consider 69 yo’s. (rofl). I don’t often find a lot of humor in the DB’s comment section, but yours actually is one I found amusing.

      • Praetor

        Yep! I remind my son on occasion. I used a computer in the mid 70’s on an aircraft I worked on. I think he finally believes me!!!

        • EDD

          Thanks for adding to the humor.

  • On the Web, the comments (vide) are simply readers’ feedback, invective, persuasion, information, and opinion. They’re the current form of the now moribund newspapers’ “Letters to the Editor” feature.

    It’s simply the fact that the lay consumers of public discourse hate the hell of the “political correct” legacy media. The management of Time is getting reality hammered across their metaphorical skulls in 36-point Times New Roman.

    • Praetor

      Wonder how many “Letters to the Editor” never got printed because the “Editor” did not like the “Letters”, and their content. How many centuries did the 1st amendment get wacked by the “Editors”!!!

      • Read about career of newspaper professional H.L. Mencken, who not only wrote for the Sun papers but for several years ran the opinion section’s letters-to-the-editor pages. During his tenure, Mencken sought and published the most scathing invective submitted by readers against Mencken’s pieces.

        He found them entertaining.

        • Praetor

          Well, he had a sense of humor then.

          He believing that Democracy being more mob rule than a form of government. Would see those letters of discontent as entertaining.

          But of course over look the fact that discontent, and you can voice that discontent is very Democratic and American. He coming from a socialist bent!!!

          • Are you stating that Mencken had been “…coming from a socialist bent!!!”? Ever read the man’s life-long excoriation of socialism?

            Look up Men versus the Man: a Correspondence between Robert Rives La Monte, Socialist and H. L. Mencken, Individualist (1910).

          • Praetor

            Well, lets just say a ‘elites bent’ then. These people are all, (to me,) an enigma. They spent their days thinking deep thoughts, say or write one thing and then say or write something opposite.

            Some call him libertarian, not. He voted Roosevelt, why because he was a Demoncrate, not because he was Libertarian. Government will cure our ills, that socialist. In my view.

            Hey we all have our opinions!!!

          • Gad. Mencken was a lifelong “Bourbon” (Grover Cleveland) Democrat who had fought against the progressive faction during the decades of strife since the 1896 nomination (and subsequent re-nomination) of William Jennings Bryan. Even in the abysmal presidency of “the sainted Woodrow” – between the elections of 1912 until long after Wilson stroked totally from 26 September 1919 – Mencken held some hope for the Democratic Party, especially when F.D.R. campaigned and won on the platform of the 1932 presidential elections.

            After which “the Crooner” exposed himself, and the nation found itself economically savaged by a power-drunk socialist.

            Mencken opposed Roosevelt II and the “New Deal” apparatchiki from 1933 from the end of Mencken’s political life.

            The Democrat Party went to the Dark Side, and there they’ve been socialists and enemies of individual rights ever since.

            Your “opinions” are uninformed and contrary to fact.

  • Bolt Upright

    Congenital Liberal = Troll. TIME = Liberal magazine. Ergo. TIME = Troll.

  • Praetor

    Trolls may not even be Human. Trolls may even be paid to be a troll.

    Hillary PAC paying trolls to comment online.

    As usual the Machiavellian dark side comes out of the globalist mentality, ‘say one thing do another’, trolls bad, but lets hire trolls.

    The only trolls I see are the ones that will live in holes in the ground, because they can’t control their hatred of humanity, and they be called Keynesian globalists of the Fiat Empire!!!

    • Ephraiyim

      “Trolls may not even be Human. Trolls may even be paid to be a troll.”
      There are likely troll bots out there.
      Certainly some trolls, maybe many, are law enforcement and other gov. , CIA, NSA ect.
      When I kept my blog up to date I would at times find some visitors who I tracked back and found came from a Naval intelligence source.

      • Praetor

        I have the opinion must trolls are government employed, on government welfare or are employed by the crony capitalists that garner their profits from the tax payer. The only reason for a troll to endlessly defend gov control of all that we see, is they have a vested interest in bigger and bigger government!!!

        • wildeyedliberal

          I suspect a lot of fusion center employees are professional trolls, courtesy of our tax dollars.

  • Gordon Klock

    Another weak excuse to destroy the Internet, & turn it into an over-regulated, & carefully censored, electronic “newsstand”…..

  • Zaphod Braden

    Try POLICING the lies and false reporting of TIME.

  • georgesilver

    By and large a ‘troll’ by nature is someone who disagrees with any article posted. I suspect there are also paid trolls (note; how do I get hired 🙂 )
    If you do not want the possibility of ‘trolls’ then don’t have a comments section. The Telegraph newspaper did this when they stopped comments. They presumably lost a lot of internet readers who didn’t like the elite’s propaganda without the possibility of comeback. It’s very simple:- “No free speech = No trolls”

  • Deplorable Donna

    Anything that does not fit the libritard narrative, MUST be controlled.
    We can have no other information disseminated by media sources that is not part of the left-wing propaganda agenda.

    MSM is getting laughed at, ignored and ridiculed and by God, we just can’t have that kind of insurrection from the peons

  • Sven

    How’s it go…., “if you can’t stand the heat”…

    I personally like posting on forums, Youtube, TDB, etc and I have taken my fair share of abuse. Some abuse being really, really nasty that leaves you scratching your head for a few days and really wondering about humanity.

    That being said, I am making the choice to participate. If you don’t want to swim with sharks, stay out of the ocean! I don’t have to comment and I don’t have to read them but this is one aspect of the crucible of life where your “mettle is tested”.

    I have helped others and they have helped me. If we all run to the authorities every time someone says or does something we don’t like, well, maybe we’re not as grown up as we all like to pretend.

    And maybe we’re not all as Democratic as we like to pretend. And to prove that I can learn from this process from a poster here on TDB, I won’t even call anyone a Communist who desires more central planning in their lives over freedom and personal responsibility.

    • Ephraiyim

      The shark metaphor is especially appropriate in my case.
      Years ago I had a shark bump up against my leg. Never going in the ocean again (well, maybe)
      In any case I mostly avoid social media. No FB. No Twitter ect.
      Just got so tired of the waste of time trying to reason with unreasonable people.

  • Ben William

    Time Magazine. Founded by Skull And Bones Yale alumni Henry Luce

    “Luce was also a member of Alpha Delta Phi and Skull and Bones.”

    We’re heard enough crapola from the oligarchs.

    • Time-Life was responsible for showing the sequence of the JFK head shot in the wrong order so that tens of millions of Americans were misled as to the direction of the shot.

      So sure – let’s put Time in charge..

      • Ben William

        Great call! (JFK)

    • John

      Time Inc. vice-chairman (Norman Pearlstine) and chief content officer (Alan Murray) are members of the Rockefeller/CFR. Time-Warner chairman (Jeffrey Bewkes) and Time-Warner/CNN president (Jonathan Klein) are CFR members. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen are CFR members.

      • Ben William

        Time magazine such a ‘trusted’ source (for the uber establishment).

    • New 1979 video recording shows Timothy Leary and leading LSD promoters praising Henry Luce’s active role in spreading the drug culture.

      In Plain View: Jaw-Dropping Video of LSD Promoters Holding 1979 Meeting

      • Ben William

        Great grab!

  • Let’s put Time Magazine in charge of the gatekeeping!! Doesn’t just the thought of that make you feel all warm and fuzzy?

  • Henry Balfour

    Given it’s Stein, I suspect a sub-text here that the Interwebz need to be purged of anything deemed critical of Zionism. Anything. The Interbebz have delivered a very interesting realignment of peoples comprehension concerning the Zionist narrative, and Zionist control of narrative. The Interwebz are therefore a threat. “Hate Speech” is a bizarre SJW mutation that is the prime hammer used when we comment too truthfully on any matter infringing the myths and lies of Zionism.

  • Will

    The media shows how it hates the 1st Amendment when they aren’t in control.

  • Pater Tenebrarum

    The author of the TIME article should perhaps have considered that TIME is trolling us as well with every issue it publishes. TIME constantly advocates in favor of more state intervention and socialism, and is thereby trolling everybody with an IQ above room temperature who isn’t completely deluded or in some shape or form a beneficiary of statist cronyism. It would never have occurred to me to demand that it should be “policed” because of that. Nevertheless, the magazine is clearly trolling the whole world. It can be bought nearly everywhere, and often enough its covers are already nausea-inducing. It is always possible that one catches sight of a TIME cover accidentally, so in a sense it is not so easy to avoid its trolling.

  • rahrog

    Obviously another establishment bid for more mind control through outlawing any form of speech it doesn’t approve of.
    Once the UN takes control of the internet in late 2016 The Ruling Class will begin to move to deem anything coming from those of us who are awake as hate speech, and as aiding and abetting terrorism.

  • generalisimo

    sticks and stones! Where were these people when they taught that in kindergarten?