Internet trolling: ‘Tt’s the crime of the future, but it’s not against the law — yet’

Hey, what could go wrong??

Western University’s Mike Arntfield has gained federal funding to study the language of the trolls.

He has two research assistants collecting text samples from social media posts, with the eventual aim of drawing up a “lexicon” of the way online bullies talk.

And, just like criminal profiling allows experts to predict the behaviour of killers and other violent offenders, that lexicon could provide signposts that show when trolls are about to do something more sinister.