A Look Behind the Handle: Two Trolls in Real Life

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Are you curious about what makes a troll tick? Not your garden-variety rude commenter, mind you, but the real, raging jackasses who explicitly get their jollies by harassing other people online. What are they really like IRL?

Recently we’ve gotten up-close-and-personal looks at two of these creatures. Both accounts are fascinating, and both are quite different. And both are recommended. Here they are:

Leo Traynor: The day I confronted my troll

Adrian Chen: Unmasking Reddit’s Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web

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