Cleveland.com's Internet Troll Problem

The Chef and I were in Chicago for the weekend a few months back and the minis had stayed back in Ohio with family. We woke up early to go to Lincoln Park for the Chef's demo at the Chipotle Festival but got completely off track when the following text came in at 7 am. 

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"Hey Amelia, just wanted to let you know there is a really nasty comment on Cleveland.com about your son. It's on an article about vinegar"

No stranger to people writing nasty shit about the Chef or myself on the internet, we have become accustomed to ignoring the trolls. Unfortunately this homophobic comment was directed towards my son, used his real name. I obviously freaked the fuck out. I contacted the website immediately to remove the comment, I posted on Twitter, the Chef called the writer and nothing, complete radio silence. Three days the comment had sat online.." I continued to post on twitter furiously. Finally after three hours and countless emails and texts, the comment was taken down. 

After the writer let us know the hateful and inappropriate comment was taken down he left us with some food for thought when we asked why he let it stay up. "It's a really a matter of freedom of speech you" he said. 

Funny, I didn't know calling an 8 year out be name and using homophobic slurs was freedom of speech

After the Chef showed me his final quip, I searched the site for the rules of use for the website. Not surprisingly I found that you cannot post the following:

  • Do not post obscene, indecent, hateful, offensive, defamatory, abusive, harassing or profane material. (THIS COMMENT WAS ALL OF THE ABOVE)
  • Do not engage in personal attacks. (THIS COMMENT USED MY SON'S REAL NAME)
  • Vulgar and insulting nicknames will be removed. Nicknames attempting to impersonate other users will be removed. (THIS COMMENT WAS VULGAR AND HATEFUL)

So that freedom of speech that the writer held so dear over my son's safety was actually not freedom of speech at all. It was either laziness or the desire to bring the trolls out. Get more hits, get more ads, get more money. 

All at my son's expense.