Internet troll


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Internet troll

An individual who posts false accusations or inflammatory remarks on social media to promote a cause or to harass someone. The anonymity of such venues enables people to say things they would not say in person, and they often like to ratchet up emotions to generate strong reactions. See patent troll, flame war, trolling and cyberSLAPP.
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