A local games reviewer has found an effective way to get behind the veil of anonymity that internet trolls use to harass women online – inform their mothers.
Over the weekend, Alanah Pearce, a 21-year-old Brisbane-based journalist and media student who reviews games for Triple J and local radio, posted a tweet highlighting such an exchange with an unsuspecting mother. It’s seen been retweeted over 35,000 times.
“Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I’ve started telling their mothers,” she wrote, sharing the mother’s response.
“Hi Anna, I don’t know you, but I was wondering if [blanked] is your son?”, Pearce’s message, sent via Facebook, reveals. “I have never spoken to him before, but he sent me a concerning message to my public Facebook page today that I was wondering if you might be interested in discussing with him.”
“Omg, little s**t. IM SO SORRY. YES I WILL TALK TO HIM!”, the mother replied.
Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I've started telling their mothers. pic.twitter.com/0Cbs81eXiE
— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) November 28, 2014