The subject of so-called internet ‘trolls’ is a hot topic at the moment, and rightly so, given that these armies of “keyboard warriors” are making the lives of thousands, if not millions, of social media users miserable…
Those affected include, for example, any woman who’s even remotely romantically linked to One Direction, and of course, pretty much any celebrity who uses Twitter can, sadly, expect to get abuse.
However, as we reported last week, that abuse became so vile that Blue stars Duncan James and Antony Costa had to call in police.
And likewise, it’s been reported today that former Big Brother star Imogen Thomas has also had to contact police on several occasions, and terrifyingly, as we also reported, just a matter of weeks ago she was confronted in her own home by a drunk intruder.
However, it’s the daily threats to rape, kidnap and murder her that are making Imogen’s life a misery right now…
But as she’s told The Sun, until legislation is introduced that means they can take action against these anonymous cowards, the police are unable to do anything until and unless she’s actually assaulted or verbally threatened in front of witnesses.
New mum Imogen explained, “I’ve had ‘I want you to die’, ‘I’m going to kill your nephew’ — they want me dead basically.
“I’ve had rape threats. You don’t want to walk down the street thinking, ‘Is that him?’
“It got really scary when I was pregnant — it was like, ‘I know where you live’.”
She added, “I’ve had the police involved, but they want to wait for something to happen, and then they can do something.”
Brave Imogen continued, “I get abuse every day. They’re never going to move on.”
As mentioned above, this kind of abuse is absolutely rife on social networking sites, and hundreds of celebrities have to put up with it on a daily basis, just as Imogen does…
But celebrities aren’t the only ones targeted by trolls, as the tragic suicide of bullied teenager Hannah Smith so sadly pointed out. And of course, Hannah isn’t the only young person to have taken their own lives after vile abusers made their existence so miserable, they felt death was preferable.
I suspect however the government will only act when a high profile celeb is murdered by one of these trolls.
And it’s only a matter of time until it happens.
Do you believe the government should act now rather than wait until a tragedy of the John Lennon variety happens?
I’m damn sure his killer Mark Chapman would’ve been an avid social media user, had it been available back then…
Let us know your opinions, but for now, here’s a reminder of a news report about Hannah’s tragic death…