Soon enough, trolls began using celebrity and journalist photos supporting the campaign to spread their own mocking messages.

Sonam Kapoor Barkha Dutt observe Anti Trolling Day but get trolled for that too Photo: Sonam Kapoor/Facebook
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Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor is no stranger to getting trolled. Neither are journalists like Barkha Dutt and Rana Ayyub. So, on Wednesday, they changed their profile pictures to the one below, in support of Hindustan Times’ ‘Lets Talk About Trolls’ campaign. They were appealing for people to show support and condemn internet trolls.

There were many people who tweeted in support, and changed their profile pictures as well.

Soon enough however, there was a counter campaign on Twitter, with an accompanying picture. The counter-photo too featured the word ‘trolls’, much like HT’s photo. But instead of the red ‘x’, there was a green tick on it.

What followed was many people using photos of the journalists and celebrities supporting the ‘Lets Talk About Trolls’ campaign and replacing the text in them with their own mocking messages.

As one troll proclaimed, trolls deserved support because, “trolls are the mirror of the society”. Improbably, however, he also claimed that trolls are also “against online abuse”.

The trolling on view here was just the tip of the iceberg, milder versions of the toxic fare that many Twitter users, particularly women face. Many campaigns against trolls have been launched in the past, including Chinmayi Sripada’s petition – “Large scale shut down of accounts which tweet rape threats against women!”

Chinmayi, a playback singer, had started the petition after she received threatening messages, including threats of rape, when she expressed her opinion on Twitter. "It is the responsibility of Twitter to ensure that their platform is not used for promoting violence against women," she says in the petition. You can access it here

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