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Definition Takes pleasure in sowing discord Provokes others into taking up their cause Goal: Damage people, entities or ideas Targets: Discussion boards, blogs, forums, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (Any Internet venue that allows open access) (1)
Profile of a Troll Generally male Young (some exceptions) Free time Few outside interests (12)
Psychological Theories Deindividuation (2) Social Learning Theory (3) Misattribution Theory of Humor (4) Cannot distinguish between good/bad attention (5)
Weapon FLAMEBAIT incendiary comments that elicit flaming emotional responses from other readers (6)