The Sun feeds topless Pixie Geldof to the trolls
PSST! Want to see photos of Pixie Geldof topless? The Sun has bought some. The 22-year-old is toplesss in Miami, Florida. She’s seen being photographed for a fashion shoot.
The Sun wraps some words around the photos and publishes the thing online.
But how does what follows gel with the Sun’s anti-troll campaign? You see, the Sun allows readers’ comments on its website that are not supportive of Pixie.
The Sun tells us that words matter. They matter so much that anyone called names online is a victim of bullying. Shock horror – people can be rude. When former Conservative MP Louise Mensch was called names and threatened on Twitter, she became the Sun’s hero of the week for exposing trolls who delivered “the most vile, misogynistic abuse” at her. Her abuser broke laws. But the censorious saw a campaign. The Sun asked readers:
IF you come across a troll, DON’T react — they thrive on fury.
Instead, contact the website administrator. They should act swiftly. In extreme cases, tell police.
Internet service providers should hand over details of trolls to police so they can prosecute.
The Sun said these trolls abuse free speech and should be censured. The Sun, champion of the free press, says free speech has its limits. Laws exist to protect against such crimes as making threats, harassment and libel, but the Sun wanted more. It wants to ban people saying things it does not like. The Sun wants being rude to be an offence made into a crime.
The Sun has also “launched our Delete Cyber Bullies campaign”.
As The Sun has exposed in our Target A Troll campaign, a new breed of internet bully is stalking social networking sites. They aim their heartless attacks at victims ranging from TV celebrities to grieving teens.
The Sun heard from some victims who would support its drive to shop the trolls. X Factor product Cher Lloyd told Sun readers:
“They were saying, ‘You’re not pretty,’ ‘You’re really ugly’’ ‘Why are you doing it?’. That’s when it started to really to hurt. Right from the very start…It drove me insane. Those messages ruined everything else … It really frustrates me when people say, ‘Just ignore it’. How am I meant to ignore it?…”The Sun adds:
The Sun reported:
Military Wives choir member Samantha Stevenson was abused online for her tattoos and appearance.
The Sun’s Dear Deirdre noted at the end of a story about women mocked online for having frizzy hair:
If you have been the victim of bullying as a child, any sort of repetition of that experience is especially painful and makes you feel like a helpless child again. Any hopes of making friends or developing a relationship online can expose you to cruel jibes.
Name calling is trolling, said the Sun:
CORRIE actress Anne Kirkbride has been targeted by ANOTHER online troll mocking her neck. The Deirdre Barlow actress, 57 — who battled lymph cancer in the neck — branded the Twitter abuser a “t***” after he claimed her skin was like leather. Known only as Conor, he wrote: “Your skin is the exact kind of leather i want for my sofa.
TV couple Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have revealed they are the targets of net trolls. The Northern Irishman, 52, who hosts This Morning over the summer with wife Ruth, had abuse about his weight…
So. Mindful of all that, here’s what the Sun allows on its website:
lila19 0 likes just shows you that with the right connections anything can become a model thses days [sic], she is a funny looking little far*