A few hours ago (as I write this) I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my CrowdJustice site, which raises cash to fight the libel case against me launched by Rachel Riley, was gaining funds – at speed.
I had done nothing to prompt this sudden influx of funds, so I wondered why it had happened – aloud, online.
Here’s the reason:
High profile celebrities – including ex-England striker Gary Linekar and Countdown presenter Rachel Riley – have pledged not to publicise the social media abuse they receive from vile online trolls.
Instead, the group of television stars, politicians and campaigners will be muting, blocking and reporting “abhorrent” and derogatory comments – with the worst handed to the police – in a bid to starve so-called trolls of the wider audience they reportedly crave.
The likes of Lineker and Riley have signed-up to instead reporting the worst cases of online abuse and vile messages to the police, while sending lesser examples to social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook to put pressure on them to act.
New charity, the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), the group behind the Don’t Feed the Trolls report, is advocating an even simpler solution for those being badgered online.
It recommends muting notifications and taking a break from social media in the first instance, before escalating anything thought to be unlawful.
Muting, blocking, and avoiding are parts of advice I have been giving whenever I’ve spotted trolls on my own timeline – who are often supporters of Ms Riley.
I’d say it was cheeky of her to be lining up with this new charity to advocate my tactics, when she is also taking me to court over a trolling incident that she instigated.
But I don’t have to.
While viewers of the mainstream media may be convinced by what I’m told has been a deluge of TV reports and appearances all day, social media users are much more aware of Ms Riley’s own online behaviour, and wasted no time in reminding her of it:
“Riley conveniently fails to mention all the anti-Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Labour abuse that she puts out on an industrial scale on Twitter and elsewhere,” tweeted ‘Is it just me?’
Anita K added: “Is that the same Rachel Riley who online bullied a 16 year old girl with mental health problems, and goes around smearing and doxxing others?”
I witnessed it. https://t.co/6UKsChWP8E
— CathyKirby65. (@CathyKirby65) September 16, 2019
And Eddy39 stated: “Rachel Riley compared the Durham miners gala with a KKK rally and now she’s out front and centre complaining about trolls. Oh the irony.”
This was a response to Ms Riley’s appearance on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme:
You should have done due diligence on @rachelrileyRR
Many Jews like myself – as well as many non-Jews – think that she has acted like a troll by making a number of false accusations of antisemitism https://t.co/KAV5s6xg6c
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) September 16, 2019
(I wonder how many hundreds of abusers have blighted my own Twitter timeline, thanks to Ms Riley’s unwanted attention?)
Grace4JC stated: “RR is the biggest troll around. The sheer arrogance and nerve of a Gnasher operative accusing others of being trolls is unbelievable. She ruins people’s lives.”
The term “Gnasher operative” refers to the infamous “GnasherJew” troll network, with whom Ms Riley proudly associates.
As PeoplePowerGal adds: “The hypocrisy is almost painful! There must be loads of evidence out there of her abusing others & she’s known to work in tandem with renowned Gnasher troll who are horrifically abusive & racist. Someone should write a big evidenced exposè on her involvement with them!”
And this is why people were contributing to my CrowdJustice site – in disgust at what they considered to be Ms Riley’s astonishing hypocrisy.
If you are unaware – or need reminding – of the behaviour Ms Riley encourages, here’s an example from today (although I have no idea if “Corbyn Out – he’s a chlorinated racist chicken” is a member of the GnasherJew troll collective):
This is the kind of thing that people who publicly disagree with Rachel Riley have to put up with, I'm afraid.
"Block the trolls"? Yeah, right.
— leftworks (@leftworks1) September 16, 2019
Hopefully, somebody has thought to notify CCDHate (as it models itself on Twitter) that its poster-girl is exactly the kind of troll it is trying to silence.
Otherwise, it seems people may start to associate it with the phonetic pronunciation of its chosen title: “See seedy hate”.
For Ms Riley, the tactic has backfired badly.
While it might have seemed a clever idea to hide the true nature of her own social media activities by backing an anti-troll campaign, all she has done is remind people of why they dislike her so much – and, of course, boost the funds available to me to oppose her.
To Ms Riley herself, if she’s reading: thanks for the extra cash – and I’ll see you in court.
If you want to support my defence against Ms Riley, here are some instructions you may find helpful:
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
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