How the Internet helped save me from being raped in the UK by an online troll.
As a young girl in the 1980s, I was the victim of a vile online troll, who stalked me online and made me feel unsafe, afraid, and alone.
The Trolls were the kind of people who didn’t know how to hide, so when they tried to stalk me online, they would send me explicit messages that read like they were from a child.
They would make me feel as though I was a child, with my legs spread wide, my hair long, and my skin as pale as snow.
When I confronted them, I realised they were trolls.
I remember that day like it was yesterday.
My first memory of the troll was of the moment he was stalking me, a small, dark-haired boy in his twenties who looked exactly like me.
“I’m looking at your face!” he said to me.
“And I’m trying to get you to like me.”
The Troll’s voice.
I knew he was right.
The Troll was me.
The only difference was that I didn’t have a face.
But I didn’ t know what to do.
What I should do.
I was not alone.
In fact, there were many like me, and I knew I couldn’t let the trolls take my mind away.
But the internet was there for me.
It was a way to make me forget.
So, in the summer of 2015, I decided to create a simple app called “The Troll Simulator” that allowed me to see the face of a real troll.
It would help me forget and avoid being harassed.
How the Troll Simulator helped me forget, and avoid harassment, by setting up a fake account for me, in which I could be stalked by a troll in real life The app’s goal was simple: make me believe that I was online with a real-life troll, and be able to forget about the real-world experience.
I knew that was a risky proposition.
I had only used the app once, to go through a test.
In a test of the app, I had to type in my name and the name of a troll.
Then, when I was done, I would be prompted to type another person’s name and then type their face.
I could never remember the real person’s face, because they would never respond to me, let alone respond to their own real name.
So, when my real name was given to me as my troll avatar, I felt incredibly guilty about having put my real identity at risk.
To test the app’s effectiveness, I made my own dummy account and typed a random name and face into the app.
I did not have to put my own real face online.
The app then made the avatar respond to my real face.
So I could pretend that I had never seen the real troll, while still having the full effect of the fake account.
It was not long before the app had me completely forgetting about the experience of being stalked online.
I no longer felt vulnerable online.
When I would get in touch with a friend, I could simply ignore them, pretending that I wasn’t stalking them.
For the most part, it worked.
Once I had successfully used the Troll simulator to pretend to be me online to get a troll to forget, the trolls never stopped.
And so I began to wonder, how could I prevent a troll from getting a troll’s attention?
The Troll Simulation app has been downloaded by more than 13 million people.
If the app is helping to save lives, why haven’t we seen more of it?
I have a theory.
There are few apps that can give us the full impact of a true troll experience online, yet there are few people who have tried to use these apps to make it a reality.
I think it is because of the Troll Simulators.
If we were able to use apps like these, the Trolls would be in a much better position to stalk and harass victims online.
“The Troll Simulator is a tool that is enabling us to forget and stop being harassed online, but it is also helping us to prevent the trolls from stalking and harassing victims,” said Hannah Murch, a lecturer in computer science at the University of Manchester.
How is it that we can be online with the TrollSimulator? “
If the Trollsimulator works as well as it does when used for real-time interaction with the real world, it could be a game changer in helping to protect victims of online stalking.”
How is it that we can be online with the TrollSimulator?
The app is a simple piece of software.
It is not a full-blown app