On Nov.13, 2015, the effects of terrorism were once again felt around the world when terrorist group ISIS initiated several attacks on innocent people in France, killing 130. The activist group Anonymous, an online group of hackers, promised to fight back online in a video posted shortly after the attacks. They’ve announced that Friday Dec. 11, 2015 shall be designated ISIS Trolling Day and they are encouraging everyone to get involved.
For those of you who don’t know what trolling is, it’s the act of downgrading or making fun of people online from behind your computer screen. The Internet makes that easy given that you can create a fake username on any number of websites and write about or comment whatever you want while remaining anonymous. Typically, trolling is a huge problem and largely regarded as a very negative activity, but on Dec. 11 ‘trolls’ can take a break from sharing negative thoughts on topics and people they dislike and direct all that hate towards ISIS instead.
There are several ways that you can participate, some of which include: calling ISIS members Daesh and use the hashtag #Daeshbag to get it trending on Twitter, making videos mocking ISIS on Youtube, posting images and creating memes mocking ISIS on Facebook, reporting social media accounts connected to ISIS to have them deleted and lastly, taking your trolling offline and post photos mocking ISIS around your city.
It may seem at first that what Anonymous wants to do is just child’s play in the grand scheme of much larger social and political issues around the globe. But at the heart of it, Anonymous is a major social movement, and in this case is a group of people who are fed up with all that’s going on in the world, trying to find a way to make a difference. Watch the official documentary about the group and see for yourself.
It’s also important to consider that the group has made a definite and lasting impact on the various targets Anonymous hackers have aimed at in the past. Just last month, members of the group revealed the names of Klu Klux Klan members. Other successful hacking missions include taking down the website of the notoriously hateful Westboro Baptist Church and putting child pornography peddlers out of business.
Judge for yourself whether you want to participate in ISIS Trolling Day, but in this particular instance, it seems that Anonymous’ intentions are noble ones.