Trolls enjoy seeing people get worked up about what they post. When they are confronted on their behaviour, they often shrug it off and claim it was all in fun.
Trolling is when a user anonymously abuses or intimidates others online for fun. They purposely post inflammatory statements, not as a way to bully or harass other people, but to watch the reactions.
Trolling and cyberbullying are sometimes used to mean the same thing, but they're actually a little different. Cyberbullies target someone and repeatedly attack them, while trolls set out to annoy whoever they can. Trolls want to provoke a reaction or response and it’s often not a personal attack because they don’’t really care who they upset.
You can protect yourself and others against trolling by:
In some cases, trolling might also be considered to be cyberbullying (for example, if it’s serious material that is deliberate and repeated). Social media services should remove cyberbullying material reported to them that relates to a person under 18 years: