Named after the wicked creatures found in children’s tales, an internet troll is someone who stirs up drama and abuses their online anonymity by deliberately spreading hatred, bigotry, racism or misogyny, or just simply bickers between others.

Trolls search the internet for many different people to make negative comments about, wait for a response, then move on to the next person.

You can find trolls all over the Internet – on message boards, in your YouTube video comments, on Facebook in blog comment sections and everywhere else that has an open area where people can freely post to express their thoughts and opinions.

The most common ways to get rid of trolls are to either ban or block individual user accounts (and sometimes IP addresses altogether), report them to the authorities and the website or app, and close comment sections entirely from a blog post, video page or topic thread.