All things eventually come to an end.
In the case of Charles Johnson or “Chuck Johnson,” Twitter finally took matters into their own hands and booted the infamous troll out of the social media site. The California-based blogger was responsible for doxing two New York Times journalists.
However, as Caitlin Dewey from The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, the exceptionally disruptive troll was permanently suspended from Twitter after initiating a couple rounds of trolling. Combine that with fraudulently opening two new accounts @citizentrolling and @freechucknow — after having been already suspended by Twitter, not once, not twice… but five times.
Without much surprise, the fifth time finally did it for Twitter’s staff. Johnson simply chose the wrong shoe to step on.
Additionally, Johnson had threatened Ferguson activist DeRay McKesson.
So, I woke up to this. Hate is organized in America. & yes, I take this as a serious threat. pic.twitter.com/V0zThcJJs6
— deray mckesson (@deray) May 24, 2015
Like if that wasn’t bad enough, Johnson argued about how homosexuals were the ones responsible for the Amtrak derailment incident in Philadelphia earlier this month. Furthermore, Johnson is also responsible for a blog site called Got News, which not too long ago, was taken down by a DDoS attack.
But, despite all of this, Johnson fought back with what little dignity he had left and decided to slap Twitter with a lawsuit demanding his accounts be restored back. Johnson even called the permanent suspension of his Twitter account: “an act of “censorship” — by the social media giant.
A lot of people might ask why would someone do such a thing. What’s the purpose of trolling. Well, science has answers for you!
In the emerging field of CyberPsychology, research studies have proven that the online phenomena known as trolling, is associated with the Dark Tetrad: Psychopathy, Narcissism, Sadism, and Machiavellianism.
Online research studies conducted of about a thousand people, reveal that trolls lie, exaggerate and even manipulate — to get a response from somebody. It doesn’t matter who, as long as they get a response, according to a Science Direct report.
Moreover, a huge amount of participants in these studies prove that most of these trolls carry a sadistic personality — both online and offline.
More studies, like those conducted by psychologists from the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and University of British Columbia, also point their personality traits towards this direction.
Now, shifting back to Johnson, the considerate troll responded to the Twitter scandal by stating,
“Twitter doesn’t seem to have a problem with people using their service to coordinate riots, but they do have a problem with the kind of journalism I do.”
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