Thursday 10th October marked World Mental Health Day – a global opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and address the social stigma surrounding the subject.
A group of celebrities, politicians and campaigners have made a pledge this week not to publicise online abuse, but instead to mute, block and report social media trolls. This follows the release of the #DontFeedTheTrolls report, published yesterday by new charity, Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH).
The report suggests that hate speech including homophobia, sexism, racial and religious discrimination and xenophobia is being inadvertently spread when insults, put downs or threats are quoted or shared on social media. It recommends that people don’t engage, pointing out that getting a reaction is exactly what trolls want.