The presence of trolls online was evident when ABS-CBN went off the air as many of them rejoiced over the media giant’s closure.
But it became even more apparent when these online entities started attacking not just ABS-CBN’s social media pages, but also the 11,000-strong employees of the company — including celebrities.
Trolls are believed to be earning lots of money online — mainly from engaging in “deliberately offensive or provocative online posts.” They follow a “script” and can be seen posting the same content from different accounts.
Notwithstanding the fact that she might receive more attacks from trolls, comedienne Pokwang urged her followers to stop responding to them to make them go hungry.
She wrote: “Sa aming mga legit na followers sa Instagram or Twitter, please gutumin natin ang mga trolls. ‘Wag kayong mag-rereply or silipin ang account nila dahil kada reply at silip niyo ay kumikita sila mga letse na ‘yan! Again, ‘wag sasagot at ‘wag silipin ang account ng mga trolls. Deadma!”
Encouraging her followers to either block or report trolls, she added: “Or mas bongga kong i-block or report ang mga trolls.”
ABS-CBN Channel 2, DZMM, and MOR stopped operations last Tuesday, May 5, following a cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission.