What PIRA/SF don’t want you to know!
If you scroll through the comments section of many Northern Ireland news websites you’ll begin to notice something a bit odd. For every comment from a Unionist/Loyalist or political neutral, there will be at least twice as many from Irish nationalists/republicans. You can’t miss them. The condescending, self righteous tone. The smug sense of superiority. The hollow, disingenuous “humour”. These are their trademarks. But why are there so many Irish nationalist “cyber activists”? Where do they all come from?
The answer is very simple and thankfully many people are starting to catch on – PIRA/SF have many, many “volunteers” prepared to give up their time and energy to troll the internet, all singing from the same hymn sheet, all using the same verbose language, all seemingly sharing the same warped sense of humour. And the Provisional republican movement aren’t the only ones!
Not Nearly as Anonymous as They Think
There are other groups of anti-Loyalist bigots who engage in this sort of behavior. One such “collective” (who describe themselves as “satirists”) have well over 200 twitter accounts, 100+ Facebook accounts and dozens of other accounts on other social media platforms. These individuals, and in particular the three masterminds of this particular group, are under the illusion that they are totally anonymous, sadly for them, they couldn’t be more wrong!
Perhaps they believe their own toxic narrative, that all Loyalists are “stupid”, perhaps they themselves are the stupid ones. Either way, they are labouring under a false assumption. They would also do well to remember that what is posted online has a tendency to linger, remaining in the public domain, long after certain groups and “collectives” have dissolved into history. Nobody is ever really completely anonymous online and publicly “outing” people is a double edged sword!
Show Me The Money!
Not all of these pathetic trolls are “volunteers”. PIRA/SF have many paid activists. Extraordinary as it may seem, some of those activists are actually paid to troll the internet, leaving nasty barbed comments on anything remotely related to Loyalism/Unionism. Such is the desperation of a politically and militarily defeated movement.
It is laughable. These desperate, bitter, angry people are as far away from their political goals now as they were 30 years ago and so, rather than come up with some new, innovative approach, they resort to childlike, almost tragically comic tactics. Setting up bogus FB pages twitter “sock-puppet” accounts and fake email address after fake email address.
My advice to Loyalists: Don’t become embroiled in pointless online discussions with these “cybernats”. Ignore them or simply respond by calling them out as proxy accounts. Report any and all content on their FB pages or twitter accounts, whether or not it breaches those sites ‘ rules. Keep calm and let them rant away. They are the dregs of Ulster society, and deep down they know it.