At Least One Internet Troll Has Got His Comeuppance

Courtesy The Guardian:

An internet troll who posted videos and messages mocking the deaths of teenagers, including a girl hit by a train, has been jailed.

Sean Duffy, 25, targeted Facebook tribute pages and posted videos on YouTube taunting the dead and their families.

Here’s the kicker.

The court heard that Duffy has Asperger’s syndrome and lived a “miserable existence” drinking alcohol alone at his home in Reading.

The Asperger’s syndrome aside, he sounds like a textbook description for an internet troll.

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers's Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

7 thoughts on “At Least One Internet Troll Has Got His Comeuppance”

  1. OK, yes he’s a troll, but what was he jailed for? Did being rude on the internet suddenly become a crime?

  2. Yes Barb, good to see that freedom of speech gets trumped by feelings. Noam Chomsky famously said that a believe in free speech means defending individuals whose speech we despise.

    This idiot said some stupid things, but really we are talking about a thought crime.

  3. The article linked above clearly says what he was jailed for: “sending malicious communications.” A quick Google search tells me that this has been an offense since 1988. You’re welcome?

    And I don’t think that the (important!) value of free speech means that laws regarding how we communicate (i.e. those to do with harassment and stalking laws, inciting violence, etc.) are automatically awful and “thought crimey.”

  4. Well said, JB. “When in doubt, read the article” is always advice.
    As for Prof. Chomsky – and I assume you might be referring to his spirited defence of his actions in the Faurisson affair – his reference would be to freedom of expression of political, economic, or historical opinion, not to a variation of cyberbullying.

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