Serious trolling

With respect to the Internet, The Macquarie Dictionary (Sixth Edition, 2013) defines a troll as: 


/troʊl/ (say trohl)

verb (t)

  1. Internet to behave in the manner of a troll.

noun 13.  the act of trolling.

  1. Internet
    a.  someone who, protected by online anonymity, posts messages in a discussion forum, chat room, etc., which are designed to disrupt the normal flow of communication by being inflammatory or puzzling.
    b.  such a message.

[Middle English trollen roll, stroll, from Old French troller, from Middle High German trollen; def. 16 variant of trawl, from the notion that originally people in a chat room identified newbies by asking questions that only a newbie would take seriously]
troller, noun

OHPI specifically focuses on trolling that is related to causing reputational damage, encouraging self-harm, threats and intimidation, and spreading hate about a person or community.


August 2020 – Combating Online Trolling

Our  August 2020 campaign was a month long campaign that aimed to increase the focus on countering online Trolling

The form is not published.

Below is a list of our publications documenting, reporting and highlighting instances of online Trolling. 


OHPI briefings tackle specific instances of online hate and are produced rapidly to respond to emerging problems.

November 25, 2022: Grieving mother subjected to violent threats from trolls

September 1, 2020: Trolling: the Modern-Day Coliseum

August 25, 2020: Books That Inspire Us to Stand Up Against Online Misogyny

August 19, 2020: Political Trolling and Suicide Incitement on Twitter

August 2, 2020: Unmasking Serious Trolling on Twitter

April 15, 2020:  Coronavirus and the Trolls

March 21, 2019:  Face-to-face with “predator trolls” who “weren’t born that way” – with cyberhate expert and author Ginger Gorman

January 6, 2019:  Investigating a troll

September 11, 2017:  The far-right trolls

April 18, 2017: Nathan Sykes an Australian Troll

June 1, 2016: Trolling the AFL with racism and misogyny

February 29, 2016: How to identify a Facebook troll

November 25, 2015: When does disagreement become hate?

September 16, 2015: Facebook to add a new “dislike” button

September 3, 2015: Where do trolls come from and how to we stop their cyberbullying?

August 26, 2015: Cyberbullying: Not just a teen phenomenon

August 23, 2015: Bigots target OHPI

August 21, 2015: Online Vigilantism and its perils

August 18, 2015: Cyberbullying: Tips and tools to tackle it

August 13, 2015: External Resources on Cyberbullying

July 29, 2015: External resources on Serious Trolling

May 8, 2015: Steps taken by Twitter to combat abuse

May 22, 2014: 4Chan’s /pol/ and the Trouble with Dean

April 28, 2014: Ben Garrison on Trolls

October 5, 2013: The problem of cyberbullying trolls


August 28, 2019: ‘New ‘Anti-trolling’ laws to stop online abuse and harassment’, 10 Daily

April 17, 2019: ‘Trolls target the woman behind the groundbreaking black hole image’, Ten Daily,

September 21, 2015: OHPI in the BBC News

September 3, 2015: Radio interview about OHPI’s work combating online hate (K-Rock FM)

September 1, 2015: Calls for online trolls to face harsher legal consequences (3AW)

Junw 27, 2015: Vice Magazine quotes OHPI in an article on trolls

June 4, 2015: Article on OHPI’s assistance to Ben Garrison

March 3, 2015: Fight Against Hate Flyer 

December 15, 2014: New tool in fighting online hate (Australian Jewish News)

December 11, 2014: OHPI: Tracking down the data to combat online hate (The Big Smoke)

December 10, 2014: Hitting Back Against Hate (MX)

December 9, 2014: Fight Against Hate Launched (OHPI Press Release)

See also, our publications on cyberbullying.