I’m a cyber psychologist and here’s why trolling should be considered a hate crime

ONLINE attacks targeting public figures should be treated as a specific hate crime, a cyber psychologist has recommended.

Mary Aiken, A professor of cyber psychology and chair of the Department of Cyber ​​Psychology at Washington DC’s STEM University, says that politicians are being abused online by scammers.

Psychologist Mary Aiken was the inspiration for CSI Cyber, a sequel from the hit US crime series


Psychologist Mary Aiken was the inspiration for CSI Cyber, a sequel from the hit American crime seriesCredit: Getty – Contributor

Professor Aiken told the Joint Communications Commission that Oireachtas should make it an offense to abuse public figures online as part of the upcoming Communications and Online Safety Regulation Bill.

She made the comments during a debate about online misinformation and media insights.

Professor Aiken said: “When I look at how politicians are targeted on social media platforms, the question in my mind is why would anyone with their right mindset want to participate? into politics today.

“Why would you want to get over this when young people see how you are targeted and how family members can be targeted and how groups of information can be obtained and blow out of context.

“This is trolling. Trolling is an expression of everyday sadism.

“Do we want platforms that sadists are actively encouraged to deploy for their own entertainment and specifically target public figures.

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“I think the goals of public figures are very important to consider.”

The cyber expert says that while being active online is important, there is a proliferation of “cyber mobs” where people are subjected to a culture of cancellation and exclusion from media platforms. society.

She says this can happen without due process or a fair hearing or an evidence-based approach.

“We’ve seen this form of cultural demise because of the lack of legislation to address these issues.

“The internet abhors the void and what happens is people have to self-regulate.


“We have seen social media platforms self-regulate for too long.
“This is the crux of the matter.

“I think there needs to be a delicate balance between freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of speech and censorship.

“It’s very complicated and you can have an overlay between misinformation and misinformation.”

Professor Aiken is the inspiration behind CSI: Cyber ​​- a byproduct of the hugely popular American company crime movie franchise.

CSI first debuted in 2000 and followed a Las Vegas crime scene investigation team.

It aired for 15 seasons before ending with the series finale in September 2015.

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