Satoshi Nakamoto a Troll Killer?

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Nagesh Rath
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Dr. Michael Wehrmann, writing for our friends at CoinGeek, referred to Dr. Craig Wright as the friend of all internet bullies, a Batman type figure. 

Dr. Wright is the co-creator of Bitcoin.  A Miami jury determined this late last year. For years we only knew the Bitcoin creator by the moniker "Satoshi Nakamoto".

Wright is also autistic and a frequent subject of bullying on social media platforms.

Wehrmann,  who recently finished his dissertation on competitive law, notes that the Australian engineer "has been through a lot of targeted online harassment by certain BTC groups".

He adds: "Instead of backing down, (Wright) defends himself in courts and—at the same time—studies the nature of such social media abominations."

To this degree, the CoinGeek contributor calls Wright a "troll killer".

Trolling refers to posting something derogatory or offensive with the intention of getting people to have embarrassing online reactions.

Dr. Wright has written about his own personal experience with these cruel individuals titled “An exploration of ingroup behavior and social psychology in developing socially abhorrent behaviors in social media and financial systems".

He explores the problems of mob mentality results via mechanisms of social media.

"To understand that long-titled paper better, we can easily take Bitcoin SV and the history of the BSV blockchain concerning public perception as a real-life example," Wehrmann notes.

Wright states in his paper:

"Malicious actors have utilized technology to leverage existing psychological behaviors and create tribalistic responses that allow for the automated approach to controlling and manipulating individuals online."

One of Wright's alleged tormentors had to take him to court in his native Norway in an effort to demonstrate he did not commit slander.  Norway does not consider slander an offense if shown to be lawful.

Bullying in the U.S. does overlap with federal laws pertaining to discriminatory harassment when it is based on race, national origin, color, sex, age, religion or disability. 

And Japan is taking things one step further.  That nation recently made the offense of ‘online insults’ punishable by one year in prison in wake of reality TV star’s death. Hana Kimura, a 22-year-old known for her role in the Netflix show “Terrace House,” died by suicide in 2020 following months of online abuse.

Even the slightest form of name calling could land someone in the slammer.

Seiho Cho, a Japan-based criminal lawyer, warned that there is a wide interpretation of what an insult can entail.

“There needs to be a guideline that makes a distinction on what qualifies as an insult,” Cho said. “For example, at the moment, even if someone calls the leader of Japan an idiot, then maybe under the revised law that could be classed as an insult.”

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