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To Catch an Internet Troll: VIDEO


The BBC tracks down an online racist:

"There you go. An internet troll. That's what they look like."


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  1. Watch out, Rick! They're after you.

    Posted by: Blaine | Feb 8, 2012 1:53:58 PM

  2. That feels good!

    Posted by: Michel Filion | Feb 8, 2012 2:04:58 PM

  3. Now we know your name and can recognize you. Bigots always talk of free speech....what a load of crock!

    Posted by: dsp | Feb 8, 2012 2:16:07 PM

  4. That was unsettling.

    Posted by: FreddyMertz | Feb 8, 2012 2:18:55 PM

  5. YES! YES! YES! Name names and show FACES!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 8, 2012 2:26:14 PM

  6. Do JasonRick next!!

    Posted by: endo | Feb 8, 2012 2:34:24 PM

  7. One down, 300000000 to go.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 8, 2012 2:35:09 PM

  8. WERK!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 8, 2012 2:37:36 PM

  9. Can we bring this reporter to North Carolina? There's an APP for child offenders. How about an APP for Racist PIGS like these bastards?!?

    Posted by: Jeff R. | Feb 8, 2012 2:43:52 PM

  10. The 'why' seems pretty straightforward: they feel important and powerful. Some of them just need to get something off their chests, others are looking for attention and fights. Either way, best to completely ignore them (that is, if they cannot be banned and/or prosecuted under applicable policies, regulations and laws).

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 8, 2012 2:45:08 PM

  11. Trailer trash such as this troll is the norm and the majority today: they never learn nor change. YouTube commenters is are a perfect example.

    Posted by: nikko | Feb 8, 2012 2:54:48 PM

  12. I suppose its good, but a little creepy.

    Posted by: JWL | Feb 8, 2012 3:08:34 PM

  13. Can they do FreeRepublic next?

    Posted by: Robert | Feb 8, 2012 3:41:58 PM

  14. I'm not sure that it accomplished anything. The reporter seemed to want to embarrass him, but telling him his posts are racist is probably like telling him he has brown hair. He shrugs off the prospect of a few weeks in jail as if he's been there before and wouldn't mind going back.

    Posted by: Gregv | Feb 8, 2012 3:42:11 PM

  15. Actually, he seemed a little unapologetic to me and not very embarrassed. Kind of disappointed, was hoping for him to squirm a little bit.

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 8, 2012 3:43:28 PM

  16. This reporter is amazing. The troll does his work alone, hidden in his den. But the reporter roots him out and exposes him to the world. This troll would never say these things in public. He is cowardly. He is outspoken only when unseen. Society will reject him now that his identity has been revealed. I wonder if his wife and baby know this part of him. Openness and truth always win out. Thank you compassionate BBC reporter!

    Posted by: trees | Feb 8, 2012 4:26:45 PM

  17. What a waste of time and effort.

    This is journalism ?

    When you've all managed to fall into place by consenting to making offensive expression illegal, what kind of "progress" do you think you'll have achieved by merely sweeping how people feel and what they think under the rug ? What is it that you believe you'll have accomplished ?

    Just keep your whining to yourselves when something YOU say, write or do is deemed offensive and illegal.

    This guy isn't cowardly, he says what he believes. Pretending he's too afraid to say it in public is pure delusion.

    Posted by: NVTodd | Feb 8, 2012 8:00:26 PM

  18. ten bucks says you're not brave enough to put a face and name to your comments, NVTODD.

    you could, you know, provide a link or URL to your web/video page wherein you assume some sort of culpability for what you say and do, instead of hoping to be a prick Anonymously - treating the internet like a Burqa.

    he is too afraid to say it in public. he got busted and tried to look tough, but anyone who knows anything about human nature just saw a schoolyard bully puff up his chest whilst his testicles ran screaming back inside his body.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 8, 2012 8:09:07 PM

  19. @LITTLE KIWI - two points for the Burqa comment, but an additional three points for the screaming testicles comment.

    Posted by: Bobby | Feb 8, 2012 10:19:19 PM

  20. NEWSFLASH: Trolling and being racist is not a crime. At least not in the U.S.

    In the UK i don't know, maybe he could be criminally charged with a 'hate' crime, which is ridiculous.

    Part of being an adult is understanding there are people who troll and hate [all kinds of hate]. There are people who hate blacks, Asians, whites, hate men, hate women, hate children, hate straights, hate gays, and it's their right.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 8, 2012 10:41:06 PM

  21. He's not the least bit repentant...not sorry at all about his trollness. Cardiff, huh? Send Captain Jack after his fat, disgusting ass!


    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Feb 9, 2012 12:29:34 AM

  22. Troll or not, he should have punched out the reporter, smashed the camera, and begun proceedings to sue the BBC for gross invasion of privacy. Absolutely utterly disgraceful.

    Posted by: James | Feb 9, 2012 4:41:42 AM

  23. "LITTLE KIWI", you've just proven my point by deeming my comments as being some sort of justification for you to invade my privacy, based simply on you disagreeing with me.

    It's interesting to not that I intended nor expressed any kind of threat, yet you seem to be all about threats and intimidation.

    Very revealing of the sort of mindset that would justify this type of shoddy "journalism", as well as the kind of attitude that invites the government to rule supreme over people expressing unpopular opinions.

    P.S. What exactly is it you need a pic of me for ? Just because you are an exhibitionist doesn't mean everyone else has to be, just to express and opinion.

    Have a little self respect.

    Posted by: NVTodd | Feb 9, 2012 4:56:53 AM

  24. NVTODD: the facebooked & tweeting generation aren't remotedly interested in defending free speech. Only approved speech. Sharing the intellect of the mob, they prefer the rule of the mob.

    They like to consider themselves individuals, but at every testing point they show their belief that individualism is wrongthink.

    Posted by: Jamess | Feb 9, 2012 5:36:29 AM

  25. I don't think he's THAT young (look at his pics, he's at least 40), so I'm reluctant to blame a particular generation for the herd mentality and the inherent hypocrisy in using the government to be your personal bully to silence people that say "offensive" things. That cuts across generations.

    He's just another tattooed mess on the net with a blog.

    "Let me see your face so I can jerk off to ho hot you are" is all he's REALLY saying.

    So transparent.

    Posted by: NVTodd | Feb 9, 2012 6:38:47 AM

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