Troll Police: A reality show that addresses the issue of cyber bullying

Jan 10, 2018, 14:10 IST |

Troll Police brings a face-off between Bollywood celebrities and their trolls

Troll Police
Troll Police

Oxford dictionary defines troll as "A person who makes a deliberately offensive or provocative online post.”

First let’s have a look at some of the many trolls that have made headlines in 2017- "In our country, we have freedom of expression, so why don't you remove the remaining clothes also. Your brother must be feeling proud of you after watching this" Taapsee Pannu was targeted for wearing bikini. Fatima Sana Shaikh was trolled for her 'shameless selfie' saying "Allah say toh daro jahanoom he milega tume burkha pehnooo". While some consider this as good humor, what we don’t realize is the repercussion it has on one’s mind.

Trolling has become a global phenomenon and it’s about time that someone takes on the nasty internet trolls. For the first time, on Indian television through ‘Troll Police’, an adrenaline-pumping, reality show that addresses the issue of cyber bullying and makes trolls accountable for their online behavior. The show comprises of expert investigators and a cyber-team which will trace the trolls of some of the biggest celebrities of Bollywood and the faces behind it. Taking on internet trolls while educating the youth and creating awareness will be, Rannvijay Singha. Trying to understand the reason of hiding behind a keyboard and the anonymity of an internet screen name, this show will decode the psyche behind these trolls which will air will air on MTV.

Talking about the innovative concept of 'Troll Police', host of the show – Rannvijay Singha said, "With great power comes great responsibility and I really feel that while the internet has given us the power to voice our opinion, there are a lot of people who do not use this boon wisely. Trolling is common nowadays and the major reasons for it are boredom, amusement and the need for attention. However, if trolls feel that they can hide his or her identity and use the internet as a platform to send inflammatory and off-topic messages and get away with it, it is wrong and unjustified. It is a sign of cowardice! I hope 'Troll Police' enables a lot of people out there to voice their issues if they are being trolled because trolling someone is a serious offence."

Each episode of 'Troll Police' will feature a Bollywood celebrity who will track down their trolls with the help of host Rannvijay, an investigator and the cyber-team. There will be three levels to the show. First a social engineer, private investigator and the cyber-team will devise customized traps for the troll. This will be followed by an on-ground activation which will enable the team to figure the whereabouts of the troll. Lastly, would be confrontation where the celebrity and his/her troll will come face-to-face. The show will feature the bold and beautiful actresses of Bollywood, Neha Dhupia and Tapsee Pannu who are known to handle trolls like a boss, and British Indian rapper, Hard Kaur, to name a few.

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