BBC tracks down a Facebook troll (video)

BBC tracks down a Facebook troll (video)

Summary: Have you ever wanted to see a Facebook troll in person? Well, it's you're lucky day: the BBC has tracked one down for you, and filmed him too!

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You're reading this article, which means you're on the Internet, which means you've encountered a troll before. They're everywhere: on forums, on social networks, and especially in the comment section of articles. While the arguably worst reside on YouTube, many also have Facebook accounts. They seem to post comments just to rile up other users. Sometimes you wonder: what do they look like? Well, the BBC (via TNW) decided to track down one such Facebook troll.

The full Panorama episode is available here, but only if you're in the U.K.: Hunting the Internet Bullies. The above video is just an excerpt, but it shows BBC's Declan Lawn tracking down a man who regularly posts bigoted and racist comments full of profanity, including things like "Rot in Piss" on Facebook Pages that are trying to commemorate a loved one who passed away. Online he's known as Nimrod Severen, while offline he's known as Darren Burton.

In the video, Burton doesn't deny Lawn's accusations about his Facebook postings. When asked about if he considers what effect his comments might have on other people, he answers: "Yeah." Then he follows up with: "F*** 'em."

Burton also tells Lawn that "Facebook is an open forum." This isn't an excuse for being rude, but he does have a point that he can exercise his right of free speech. Then again, Facebook has rules and the U.K. has laws, and some things do just cross the line.

Unfortunately, Burton doesn't seem to care for either. He says he doesn't care about the consequences because the longest conviction for such actions is 18 weeks in jail, of which the person only served nine. He says: "Nine weeks? Nine weeks in jail? What's that?"

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Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • Funny thing is he looks exactly like what you'd expect such

    a "ahem" person to look like. Odd that.

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
  • RE: BBC tracks down a Facebook troll (video)

    Thanks for this.
    x21x
  • RE: BBC tracks down a Facebook troll (video)

    Thx, it's nice to see one of them facing the real world.
    themarty
  • RE: BBC tracks down a Facebook troll (video)

    What a sad little man he was. Only Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf would pity such a creature. As for myself, I would share the same opinions Samwise Gamgee might voice if he ever met this particular troll.
    kenosha77a