Margeret Cho, who needs no introduction as she is a well known comedian, actress and LGBT activist, has spoken about online abuse.
She spoke about this on her Facebook page, urging people to take online abuse and trolling more seriously. Margaret also recounted some of the rather worrying encounters she has to deal with, both online and offline.
“I’ve experienced numerous breaches of security, a couple of very troubling face to face interactions and so much online trolling I can’t help but believe it’s all somehow connected.”
But, she isn’t advocating that you stay off social media. In fact, she is urging anyway who is subject to abuse or threats to make use of the reporting function, as well as keeping a record of all the abuse.
“I want everyone in the reach of my voice to keep their phones charged, film everything, screenshot and report ALL offensive people and ALL threats on social media. BUT UNDERSTAND ‘Haters’ are potential killers. We’ve seen this countless times now. They say it on social media, then they go DO IT. We’ve got to be vigilant and protect ourselves. Stay alive. I need you all here with me. I love you.”
Given that she has over 400,000 followers on Facebook, Margaret receives a fair amount of abuse, and while she admits it does get to her sometimes, she has developed a fairly effective way of getting her own back.
“Ask their employers if they are aware of this person’s activity online and if they condone this type of behaviour. That usually shuts EVERYTHING DOWN. And it’s pretty gratifying. Bully the bullies with class and grace. It’s the BEST.”