What to do about trolls?

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Chas­ing away on­line trolls,” Business, July 28

Yes, trolling can be odi­ous, and peo­ple should be­have civilly.

As colum­nist David Lazarus rightly points out, how­ever, free speech is part of this na­tion's DNA. Alexan­der Hamil­ton, James Madison and John Jay sup­ported the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion in a se­ries of es­says un­der the pseu­do­nym Publius. Malev­o­lent post­ings may ex­ist on the op­po­site end of the spec­trum of pub­lic dis­course com­pared with “The Fed­er­al­ist Pa­pers,” but un­less they vi­o­late spe­cific laws, we must re­spect the 1st Amend­ment and anonymity. Steve Kel­ley Her­mosa Beach

In­ter­net trolls are a big prob­lem.

Lazarus is cor­rect that so­cial me­dia sites and blogs should re­quire real names. Those con­cerned with advertising rev­enue may refuse to do so, and it will be pos­si­ble to get around this, of course.

As with masked protesters on a cam­pus — if your iden­tity is known, you are much less likely to act vi­o­lently, even in th­ese times. Bob Sn­od­grass Pasadena

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