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These theoretical thresholds are used to address the operations of human and non-human actors involved in the scheme of user participation that Facebook trolling also represents.
Furthermore a specific emphasis is given to the Tardean inspired idea of affective construction of the social, and examining different powers that are mobilized when trolls and trolling potentially occurs.
affect, algorithm, anonymity, cyber bullying, discourse networks, Edgerank, Facebook, identity, network culture, online discourse, real names, RIP Trolls, social graph, social media, Tarde, trolling, trolls Abstract: In this article I focus on both the actual operations and actions of trolling and how trolls are or are not defined by Facebook’s various discourse networks from FAQs to Risk Factor documents and surrounding newspaper articles.
The empirical cases are discussed in the context of affect theory and Gabriel Tarde’s social theory which has been recently adapted to the analysis of network culture by Tony Sampson.
I provide a material “close reading” of two particular types of trolls and trolling within Facebook – the RIP troll and the doppelgänger troll.
First off querying the words “troll” or “trolling” in Facebook Help Center does not give any results.These theoretical thresholds are used to address the operations of human and non-human actors involved in Facebook user participation, which Facebook trolling is part of.Whitney Phillips (2012: 3) has recently argued that in order to understand trolls and trolling we should focus on ‘what trolls do’ and how the behaviour of trolls ‘fit[s] in and emerge[s] alongside dominant ideologies.’  For Phillips dominant ideologies are connected to the ‘corporate media logic.’ Her point is that social media platforms are not objective or ‘neutral’, but function according to certain cultural and economic logic and reproduce that logic through the platforms at various levels.First the so called Facebook RIP trolling cases, identified by the press and researchers alike, targeting recently deceased Facebook users have recently gained popular attention (see Morris, 2011; Phillips, 2011).One of the most famous cases took place in the UK where a RIP troll was hunted down and arrested by police, named in public, jailed for 18 weeks and banned from social media use for a period of five years. As Morris (2011) explains in his newspaper story the troll for example ‘defaced pictures of her [the deceased], adding crosses over her eyes and stitches over her forehead.
It is a way to present the self in network culture through expressions that one gives and is given off (Papacharissi, 2002: 644). As the case of RIP trolling points out trolling targets the impressions of the others and the self-identity of the troll may be anonymous or a mere vehicle that is used to produce different affective relations. Susanna Paasonen (Forthcoming) notes that trolling is ‘behaviour that can be best defined as intentional provocation of other users, as by posing opinions and views that one does not actually hold, or by pretending simplicity or literalness.’ Trolling is about addressing particular publics and user groups.