ネット英語 ~trolls~ って知ってますか?



While “ww” is commonly known for the online lingo in Japanese, in English there is “LOL” But have you seen the word “trolls” before? In recent news, it has become a major issue.

Recently, the word “troll” has become a common term. Internet slang like “LOL”, “WTF”, “OMG,” and “trolling” were first seen on sites like Tumblr and YouTube. Nowadays these words are recognized in the offline world.


If you decide to post an idea or something creative, you run the risk of someone disliking or disagreeing with your stance. That is normal. However, be aware that there are people out there who purposely disagree or insult the ideas of others for fun. They are called “trolls.” A “troll” is someone who purposely leaves offensive comments. They try to attack the ideas of either fellow commenters or the article/video creators. The term troll originally referred to a fictional creature that hid under bridges to attack travelers. The current day term uses this image to refer the act of hiding behind a screen and attacking the ideas and creations of other internet users. Whether they attack for personal reasons or out of boredom their actions have become more malicious with time.




Tumblr and YouTube continue to grow in popularity. They are sites used for self-expression, entertainment, and communication. Unfortunately trolling, aka cyber bullying, has increased along with the number of online content creators. Trolls search for the videos or articles that are popular. And in those comment sections, trolls attack and feed negative comments and ideas to other users.




In recent news, well-known U.S. websites such as 4chan and 8chan host forums where trolls organize, promote, and brag about attacks on other users who frequently use Tumblr. Unlike the usual hateful and negative comments seen on Youtube, these trolls have taken it a step further by hacking into the accounts of Tumblr users who post their personal and intimate struggles. These personal struggles range from anything…such as thoughts of self harm, suicide, depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders or just the desire to find support.


According to BuzzFeed, hackers communicate through a popular chat room site omegle. They send each other information on their targets, such as emotional weaknesses, addresses, place of work, and family identities. The trolls target specific fandoms in order to “take down” the leaders and main contributors of these fandoms.




Before hacking an account, trolls will send numerous messages to the Tumblr user, threaten them with violence, sexual assault, taunts, and threats of exposing their private information online. The trolls’ new goal is to encourage victims to commit self-harm, suicide, or to remain silent on an issue. Currently, there are a few suicides that were caused by the aggressive and unrelenting actions of trolls. But most recently in the U.S., participants of “Gamergate,” which highlighted the intense sexism found in the video game community, caused an outcry as many women’s rights activist had to go into hiding. This was due to the numerous death and rape threats sent to them by trolls who also posted their personal information.


With the advancement and increased use of the internet, it isn’t surprising to see how cyber bullying has grown to what it is today. While the advancement of technology and communication allows us learn about issues that we may not come across in our daily lives, it also reveals an ever growing dark side of the online world.




The fact that trolls can label human beings as “targets” shows just how much the internet can make it easy for warped minds to strip others of basic kindness, empathy, and communication in order to dehumanize them. They attack with textual threats and hide their faces.


The internet allows us the freedom to express ourselves as we choose. Unfortunately, many choose to abuse this.

Contribution by guest writer:
Jamaal Bakari Hill

Editor: Kristina
Translation: Junko