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Tackling the trolls: Seven ways to unmask social media abusers

An expert explains the tools at your disposal to find out who is behind an anonymous account

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Increasing threat: Anonymous social media accounts are a growing problem for users and companies alike. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Increasing threat: Anonymous social media accounts are a growing problem for users and companies alike. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Online safety specialist Wayne Denner

Online safety specialist Wayne Denner

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Increasing threat: Anonymous social media accounts are a growing problem for users and companies alike. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

An online safety expert has said the prevalence of trolls on social media platforms has soared in recent years after BBC presenter Stephen Nolan announced a second settlement with an anonymous troll.

Two Twitter users have paid out six and five-figure sums respectively after the presenter accepted apologies and settlements in lieu of a court defamation action against the trolls, who remained anonymous as part of the arrangement with defamation lawyer Paul Tweed.


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