America Will Launch Online Trolling ProgramThe government of the United States has suddenly decided that the best weapon against terrorists would be trolls. The local media reported that after testing out their commandos and deadly flying robots, the State Department of the United States of America has unleashed its trolls.
The program, known as Viral Peace, represents a new initiative meant to annoy, frustrate and humiliate denizens of the extremist forums in the Internet. It seems that its planners still haven’t found out what its initial strategy is yet. In other words, the program in question appears to be running on a shoe string. The main target of the program is to discourage impressionable youth from turning into terrorists in an idiom they understand.
Meanwhile, Viral Peace was developed and implemented by Shahed Amanullah, a senior technology adviser to the State Department. His idea was to use logic, humor, satire, and religious arguments instead of simply confronting extremists – this is supposed to undermine and demoralize them. The strategy was dubbed “strategic trolling”. Its creator insists that it wasn’t necessary to deface the forums if you are able to troll them to the point where their most malign influences can be neutralized.
Shahed Amanullah says that Internet extremists have certain energy and vitality which usually attract people, appealing to macho and rebellious natures, as well as to people who feel downtrodden. Indeed, creating a comparable passion on the other side is quite tricky, but not entirely impossible.
In case Viral Peace works as intended, trainees will take control of the program, so the creator and the State Department will have almost no control over how it actually trolls the terrorists.