We all deal with Internet trolls. Reddit, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter… they’re everywhere, sitting behind the safety of a screen and raining on parades as long as they can type.
Maybe you’ve been a troll once or twice in your life. I know I have.
Sometimes a troll just jumps in and says something that has nothing to do with the topic. Sometimes they go on every message board, every fan page, every Youtube video and to every major Twitter account just to tell the world about the latest conspiracy theory.
There are also trolls who enter conversations and say stuff just to be jerks. Sometimes being a jerk becomes being a cyberbully. They’ll use their keyboards to shout people down, report their accounts for spam, resort to personal attacks and even jeopardize people’s work and living situations.
I thought Pinterest would be a great place to post photos and art that inspire me, reflect my views or bring happiness to other people. But in recent weeks I’ve had to deal with some of the most obnoxious trolls on Pinterest.
I’m a progressive and I have a board called “Take Our Country Forward” in which I post quotes and images that reflect my political leanings. The only comments thee have received are people who just want to jump in and start debating with me.
You know, I have a few scrapbooks at home, and when I was a kid I had a bulletin board in my room. I have yet to see some random person come in and try to argue with me over my collections. Yet, when you put it out there for all to see, suddenly it’s fair game for mean comments, personal attacks, unfounded accusations and lewd comments.
Can’t we just have one spot on the Internet in which people don’t try to start fights?
One of the things I love about Pinterest is that if you don’t like the stuff in one of your friends’ boards, you can simply unfollow that board. So if, say, your friend has a board called “I LOVE CLOWNS” and you have an inherent fear of clowns, you can just unfollow and spare yourself the nightmare.
I work with HUNDREDS of wonderful bloggers and marketers, and we all have different sociopolitical and cultural leanings. But when it comes down to it, we see past our differences and still support one another.
We’ll never be able to eradicate the plague of trolling, but on Pinterest? Come on, seriously. And the sucky thing is that Pinterest has yet to give us the option to mute or block trolls. Maybe when they do it will be a safe haven for troll-free sharing.