Icelandic Victim of Facebook Abuse to Report Trolls

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Icelandic Victim of Facebook Abuse to Report Trolls

Þórlaug Ágústsdóttir, whose portrait on Facebook was manipulated to make it look as if she had been beaten, and reposted on a Facebook page promoting violence against women, has discovered the identity of the internet abusers.

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They are young men aged 15-20 who live with their parents in North Iceland. As some of them are minors she plans to report their case to child protection authorities, akureyrivikublad.is reports.

“It’s a case that I’d rather not take to the police. These boys have a history with the police for internet abuse and since they live with their parents I find it obvious that this is a parental issue,” Þórlaug stated, asking parents to talk to their children about online behavior and respect for others.

“There’s one good thing that has come out of this and that is that equality issues have been given much needed discussion,” Þórlaug added. “But the issue is not about the genders fighting each other but that we as a community reject violence—wherever it may take place, online or inside our homes.”

Þórlaug’s case garnered international attention when Facebook originally ignored her demand to have the amended picture of her and slogan promoting violence removed.

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