A. What is trolling and who are these trolls?
There is a point at which a certain group of people decide that you have too much influence and make it their mission to silence or discredit you. This is commonly referred to as “trolling,” and the attacks are usually targeted in nature. A troll’s tactics can include anything from sending constant derogatory and belittling messages to editing and distributing offensive images, and even making threats. They may go beyond misogynistic trolling and become are abusers, harassers and stalkers.
It is important to distinguish between generic trolling and gendertrolling. Karla Mantilla defines “gendertrolling” as different from the usual “annoying or disruptive” troll behaviour and connects it to male entitlement. She writes, “Gendertrolling is far more vicious, threatening and pervasive, and often enduring than generic trolling.” She goes on to say that unlike “generic trolls, [these people] take their cause seriously, so they are therefore able to rally others who share in their convictions to take up the effort alongside them resulting in a mob, or swarm, of gendertrolls who are devoted to targeting the designated person.”