How could an algorithm spot trolls on the Internet?

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Trolling is a major problem, at least for people who like to keep their spirits up and their blood pressure down when they're surfing the web. The very first time I watched a friend interact with other people in a virtual world online, a vile, unprovoked threat was hurled at her within minutes. This is probably what led me to eschew online conversations and stick to lurking for years. As with anything involving human interaction, there's no easy fix, and there will always be jerks making their own fun by trying to spoil ours. But I was happy to learn that research is being done into potential solutions. Any decrease in the mass of negativity online will be a plus. Until then, though, I may give up on article comment sections. I enjoy my sanity too much.

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