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Internet Trolling/ Anonymous Posts/ Harassment:

Report #: 6493 - 2 Comments
Date Reported: Monday, December 7, 2020
Status: Active and Ongoing
Severity: Moderate - Public Bullying
Primary Weapon: Forums
Specific Location:
City/Local Area: San Francisco Bay Area
State/Territory: California
Region: United States

Internet Trolling and Posting Anonymous message replies with Malicious Intent :


The Internet is a useful tool but sometimes the useful can be "Abused and Misused". Some people use the Internet as well as certain Public Forum websites to vent anger, humiliate someone, or try to Intimidate someone for any number of reasons:


I research and compile cases on line that peak my interest and can be used as an teaching tool to my Law Students. Trolling can actually become a Legal matter for those that post "Anonymously" in attempt to Harass, Intimidate and vent their Frustrations against another. Trolling is basically Anonymous but Deliberate Harassment.


In most cases Phony email and IP Addresses are used in attempt to disguise identity and misuse the Internet. Cases such as this are beginning to be pursued in attempt to discourage Cyber Stalkers and those "Obsessed" with the Internet and all it has to offer.


The next time you post Anonymously on Public Internet Site in attempt to Vent anger or Intimidate another, think again before you act. You may find yourself the subject of serious Legal Court battle with stern consequences.


Remember: As long as anything you post is True and you can back up your claim then feel free to Post and speak your mind. You get into Trouble in posting "False" Claims and Opinions that can "Never" be proven. I tell my students that all the time.


People may use VPN Services to retain their Anonymity but there are a couple of important things to keep in mind.


VPN Service information can be obtained by Subpoena in some cases. Those that take advantage of Free VPN Services may be doing themselves a disservice. Many Free VPN's offer basic service with no Guarantees. This means the company may keep logs that contain your personal information.


My Suggestion as a Legal Instructor is to not be cheap and choose VPN service that you must pay a monthly rate. Any VPN Service that charges $9.00 and above, it is probably safe to say that they don't keep logs. You must read the fine print before you become a Subscriber. Surely paying $14.99 a month probably offers customers the Best possible service.



Keep in mind: many public forums can automatically verify the email address you give upon registration: Therefore, expect to have your post or comment removed in 48 hours if email address is BOGUS.


Many Public Forums like Facebook, Twitter and a Host of others have added upgraded Security systems in place to deter Fraud, Stalking and misusing the Internet: This is not made public for obvious reasons.


Internet Trollers can get careless on line which increases their chances of getting caught:


Posting material that may be Defamatory is not Illegal as long as the material is True and can be proven to be such.


Personally, I feel some of the sites out there are plain Stupid and they cater to scorned Internet abusers and Stalkers: I feel any one that spends their time on some of the ridiculous sites probably have "Psychological Issues" going on. Nothing that skilled Psychiatrist can not handle at $450 an hour.


I hope this information is helpful. I plan on using it as a teaching tool. Most of my students are completing much of their required courses on line Due to Covid. This information should prove helpful to them. San Francisco Bay area has Started Lock-down as of Sunday 12/08/2020:


Remember to conduct daily security checks on your computer and shut off your computer every night after you complete your assignments for the day.


Regards,

Liz:


 
12/7/2020 -

I am not sure i am familiar about VPN Service. You are going to have to explain in more detail. Are there cases that the courts heard about Internet Trolls?? Is it a felony to Troll on line? Sorry about all the questions?? It stinks tonight they are really enforcing Covid 19 Curfew. I am going to take time tonight and read your posts again. I have my questions prepared. Keep using real cases as teaching tools. Good idea.

Shannon.

12/7/2020 -

Perfect time to catch up tonight. San Fran Bay area is like a ghost town. Only 1 year until i am certified.


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