Was I a Troll Boy?
This image presents a real conversation over social media taking place in the last 24 hours. My correspondent: a social media agency, whose identity is obscured to protect the… well… you decide.
You won’t be able to find this conversation any longer; my comments have been deleted, and I’ve been banned from commenting on the social media agency’s page any longer. This afternoon, I received a brief one-sentence e-mail reply from the social media agency: “Go fuck yourself troll boy.”
Since I can’t continue the conversation on the social media agency’s page, I’d like to continue the conversation here. I don’t think I was a troll here. I think I was offering a pointed but substantive criticism, and I don’t think that’s trolling.
More than tell you what I think, though, I’d really like to know what you think.
What is a troll?
Was this trolling? If you think so, what was the behavior that qualified it as trolling? If you think not, what would you call it?
Should posts like that be made over social media? To ask a subtly different question, should posts like that be allowed over social media?
Should comments like this be made over social media? Should comments like that be allowed over social media?
Please let me know what you think. I’m all ears.
P.S. Our own policy at Irregular Times, in case you’re curious, is only to delete bot-deposited spam messages, but to allow all others.