When blocking a troll escalates risk of troll-harm: A @geeksrulz investigation

by Tony Yegles (The Geek) 5 July 2013 In which my investigation into who is behind Twitter DIRTBOT accounts @LaborDirt and @ALPdirt and websites Labordirt.com and Twittertrolls.com reveals a series of inadvertent coincidences, happenstances and riddles wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. What do you do when you come across obnoxious online behaviour of the troll-abuser-defamer kind on Twitter or other social media? I have pondered this issue before and am now coming to the realisation that blocking and ignoring is no longer the way to go. Shining the bright light of public exposure might be a better way, and this is what I am trying to do in this post. Here is a quick overview to get your […]

The Desperation of a Liberal MP? The Russian spambots.

By Tony The Geek 21 January 2013 Source: Storify This story was published on Saturday on Storify and retweeted via Twitter on Sunday and Monday and now has over 3,300 views. [View the full story “The Desperation of a Liberal MP? The Russian spambots.” on Storify] Greg Hunt has resorted or is at least is supported by an army of spambots who retweet his tweets. Could it be that he cannot find real people on twitter that like what he says? Who knows. We know the Libs or supporters do run other Spam Bots like LaborDirt. Here is a breakdown of just 1 LNP tweet. Another 60 jobs to go […]