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British Scholar Painstakingly Researches the Scientific Classifications of Trolling

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In a stellar usage of the British people’s tax dollars, one Lancaster University scholar has actually spent time and brain juice identifying people’s main strategies for online trolling. After closely analyzing 4,000 cases of trolling, she compiled results that probably could have been predicted by any Instagram-using high school sophomore, or anybody who reads the Internet, ever. Read More

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Anonymous Group Posts Bomb Threat for Nov. 5, Pisses off Anonymous

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A group claiming affiliation with Anonymous posted a bomb threat on its Twitter account Monday, saying it plans to detonate a bomb in a government building on November 5. The threat prompted disavowals from other Anon channels across the web.

The threat was linked from @FawkesSecurity, which posted the following message on several paste-up sites, as well as links to a seemingly typical Anonymous video with a masked and suited figure gesturing as a robotic voice said these words: Read More

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Violentacrez Admits Doing CNN Interview Was a ‘Huge Mistake’

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Last night, the now-notorious Reddit troll Violentacrez, whom Gawker recently exposed as a 49-year-old Texas-based programmer named Michael Brutsch, appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 for God knows what reason. In the painfully awkward two-part interview, during which Mr. Cooper thankfully gave us a commercial break to collect ourselves and tweet our thoughts, Mr. Brutsch invoked every possible excuse to justify his poor behavior, which includes creating controversial subreddits like PicsofDeadKids and Jailbait.

Throughout the interview, Mr. Brutsch referred to his Reddit username Violentacrez in the third person, echoing other statements he’s made about Violentacrez being a character he played and attempting to distance himself from taking personal responsibility for his actions. He also admitted that his sole purpose for creating racist and misogynistic subreddits was to get a rise out of people (he bragged he has a “gift” for it) in order to accumulate “meaningless internet points.” Read More

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Sorry, Trolls: Taylor Swift Declines to Perform at Horace Mann School for the Deaf

Tip o' the hat to ya, Reddit. (Photo: CMT)

Shimmery fairydust composite Taylor Swift, who floats instead of walks and subsists entirely on a nutritional diet of rainbows, has decided not to let the trolls ruin a good contest.

Back in August, Reddit and 4chan galvanized for the all-important cause of gaming a VH1 competition that would send Ms. Swift to perform at a school that received the highest amount of votes. Soon, a hoard of trolls began liking Ms. Swift on Facebook and voting to send her to the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston.

(Get it? Sending a musician to a school for kids who can’t hear music? “Lulz.”) Read More