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Online Harassment of Politicians

Complaining about politicians is nothing new, but the Internet has opened up a whole new line of attack.

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In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community and disrupts normal discussion. Politicians who have Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts or their own blogs find themselves having to deal with ongoing harassment. As a result, many give the Internet a wide berth.