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Dealing with Cyber-Hate

Is this a racist picture?
Is this a racist picture?

A few days back I had posted a picture of a gorilla scratching its head (see picture above) on Twitter. Little did I know it would rub someone the wrong way. In no way did I add any remark which could be construed as bigotry or hate. This individual thought otherwise and went out of their way to insult me with a barrage of foul language and unwarranted accusations of racism.

It bothered me at the time, since I deplore being called a racist. My accuser was just trying to be overly-righteous and forgot to check that I have dozens of black followers, and that I also follow those same people back. Or that one of my main characters in my upcoming YA novel GUNS AND DOGS is a Black American.

My mistake was not in posting the picture, but in responding to this troll. It’s natural to defend yourself when wrongfully accused, but I made a mistake in acknowledging the comment, even though it was outlandish.

Here are a few tips when dealing with trolls.

1) Never respond to Troll remarks-Responding to inflammatory accusations only encourages the trolling to continue as you provide a spotlight for them. Which is what they want.

2)Never use foul language-Even when I made the mistake of engaging that troll last week, I never used foul language to defend myself. Doing so would’ve lowered myself and that’s the last thing you want. If you must respond, do so politely. It may be tough but taking the high road is always the right choice.

3) Block & Report-The beauty of social media is the ability to block out people whom you don’t wish to deal with. But after doing so the best follow-up action is to report. That way the actions are dealt with. The inflammatory comments made towards me were soon deleted after I reported the troll.

So there you have it. Three effective ways of dealing with trolls. You hold the power to how you’ll respond to negative remarks. Use it to stay out of arguments you can’t win.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com and https://twitter.com/LeopardKingSaga, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.

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