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The Life of a Comment Moderator for a Right-Wing Website
Six years in the trenches on troll patrol.


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Adam Sokol
Even in the early days of the campaign, cultural conservatives, fiscal conservatives, the weirdos who talked only about chemtrails — they all had one thing in common. They wanted a president who would stick it to the liberals. They didn’t care that supporting him would mean changing their positions on any number of issues.

All they knew was that he drove the liberals crazy. He was just like all of the anonymous internet commenters. He justified their existence, and they justified his. And they all rallied around him. The campaign was seemingly born out of, and supported by, comment sections. Our job became tougher. As a news blog, we were covering stories featuring a man running for president saying things that I would have deleted his account for had he been just another troll on the site. But he wasn’t just another troll.
Trolls begat trolls.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04-Mar-19 19:40 by WhoWeird.

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Roger Stone Is Done 744 WhoWeird 18-Feb-19 20:45
Re: Roger Stone Is Done 165 Audrey 18-Feb-19 21:16
Re: Roger Stone Is Done 149 Aine 18-Feb-19 21:49
Re: Roger Stone Is Done 129 WhoWeird 18-Feb-19 21:57
Re: Roger Stone Is Done 135 Aine 18-Feb-19 21:58
Re: Roger Stone Is Done 136 WhoWeird 19-Feb-19 00:17
Re: Roger Stone Is Done 127 Aine 19-Feb-19 15:42
Re: Roger Stone Is Done 123 WhoWeird 19-Feb-19 16:12
Just Shiny Objects 157 adequatedane 19-Feb-19 12:00
No evidence of collusion 139 drrayeye 19-Feb-19 17:14
Re: No evidence of collusion 133 WhoWeird 19-Feb-19 17:33
Re: No evidence of collusion 126 drrayeye 19-Feb-19 17:57
Re: No evidence of collusion 145 Aine 19-Feb-19 18:06
Re: No evidence of collusion 120 WhoWeird 19-Feb-19 18:27
Re: No evidence of collusion 129 Aine 19-Feb-19 18:30
Re: No evidence of collusion 125 WhoWeird 19-Feb-19 18:55
Re: No evidence of collusion 115 Aine 19-Feb-19 19:15
Re: No evidence of collusion 137 WhoWeird 19-Feb-19 19:32
Re: No evidence of collusion 135 Aine 19-Feb-19 19:35
Re: No evidence of collusion 144 WhoWeird 19-Feb-19 19:47
Hahahahaha 161 WhoWeird 04-Mar-19 19:39
Re: No evidence of collusion 135 adequatedane 20-Feb-19 12:18
Re: No evidence of collusion 156 Aine 20-Feb-19 12:24
Re: No evidence of collusion 137 adequatedane 20-Feb-19 23:10
Re: No evidence of collusion 167 Aine 20-Feb-19 23:22
Re: No evidence of collusion 116 adequatedane 21-Feb-19 15:19
Re: No evidence of collusion 134 Aine 21-Feb-19 15:26
Re: No evidence of collusion 132 WhoWeird 21-Feb-19 17:03
Re: No evidence of collusion 130 Warwick 21-Feb-19 17:10
Re: No evidence of collusion 130 Aine 21-Feb-19 17:12
Re: No evidence of collusion 138 WhoWeird 21-Feb-19 17:15
Re: No evidence of collusion 144 adequatedane 22-Feb-19 14:15
Re: No evidence of collusion 137 drrayeye 23-Feb-19 10:04
Re: No evidence of collusion 133 adequatedane 24-Feb-19 14:39
Re: No evidence of collusion 144 WhoWeird 24-Feb-19 18:33
Re: No evidence of collusion 129 adequatedane 25-Feb-19 08:46
Sorry dane 137 WhoWeird 20-Feb-19 12:46
No its not the same 127 adequatedane 20-Feb-19 23:11
Re: No its not the same 147 WhoWeird 20-Feb-19 23:20
Re: No its not the same 114 adequatedane 21-Feb-19 15:20
Never the same, but 146 drrayeye 20-Feb-19 21:54
Re: Never the same, but 117 adequatedane 20-Feb-19 23:31
Re: Never the same, but 82 drrayeye 21-Feb-19 06:19
Re: Just Shiny Objects 160 Warwick 19-Feb-19 17:53
Re: Just Shiny Objects 94 adequatedane 20-Feb-19 12:31
Re: Just Shiny Objects 86 Aine 20-Feb-19 12:51
Re: Just Shiny Objects 97 Warwick 20-Feb-19 16:49
Re: Just Shiny Objects 91 adequatedane 20-Feb-19 23:38
Re: Just Shiny Objects 91 Aine 20-Feb-19 23:45
Re: Just Shiny Objects 80 Warwick 21-Feb-19 21:37
Re: Roger Stone Is Done 150 Warwick 19-Feb-19 17:47
The Lulz 107 WhoWeird 19-Feb-19 23:57
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Re: The Lulz 99 WhoWeird 20-Feb-19 12:54
Jangle jangle Jangle 86 adequatedane 20-Feb-19 23:32
Re: Jangle jangle Jangle 86 WhoWeird 20-Feb-19 23:37
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Re: Jangle jangle Jangle 101 WhoWeird 21-Feb-19 16:09
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Pressure 87 Race Jackson 25-Feb-19 04:54
Neocons 80 drrayeye 25-Feb-19 05:56
Re: Pressure 91 WhoWeird 25-Feb-19 08:11
Re: Roger Stone Is Done 89 WhoWeird 21-Feb-19 21:20
OMG 89 WhoWeird 21-Feb-19 21:29
Couldn't Be Happier 101 WhoWeird 21-Feb-19 22:25
Re: Couldn't Be Happier 86 Aine 22-Feb-19 02:17
Re: Couldn't Be Happier 90 WhoWeird 22-Feb-19 02:33
If I may repeat myself 134 Jock 22-Feb-19 09:09
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