WASHINGTON – Internet trolls and keyboard warriors have long been a problem on social media. But a former Marine on TikTok is determined to be their worst nightmare.
With nearly three million subscribers, “The Great Londini” – as it’s called – says it can reveal the identity of almost any cyberbully. It does so with the help of 20 of the world’s top cybersecurity experts.
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Their objective? To take social media back to bullies, pedophiles, crooks and trolls.
In an exclusive interview, “The Great Londini” spoke with Jeannette Reyes to explain her mission.
âWhat I’m doing is trying to strike a balance between what people think they can do online and what they should be doing online,â The Great Londini told Jeannette. âSo when a person goes online, they make a comment – a harassing comment, a bullying comment – their basic perception is that they are anonymous. That she does it behind a veil and that no one can find her. “
“What if you knew that by making that comment there was a possibility that someone would know who you are?” Would you still make this comment? “
âThat’s basically what we started to do. We take the worst of the worst comments online and try to find a way to hold them accountable. Whether it’s through their parents or the school district or sometimes depending on the severity of their local police department. “
FOLLOW THEIR PROFILE
Using public information available online, “Londini” said he and his group would gather information on the Internet troll. Then they track down that person.
“We don’t want to kill a fly with a hammer or we don’t want to be the judge, the jury and the executioner.”
âIf I walked into a mall and saw a child make a comment like ‘Hey, all black kids should die’ or ‘hey, all trans people should die.’ And I can see their parent in sight. . Then I think it would be my responsibility to tell the parent. But it is by no means my responsibility to do anything to this child or to ostracize him. It is not my job. . “
“It’s kind of the end of the game – making it so that when someone makes a comment – they think they’re anonymous – they know they’re not,” he said. to Jeannette.
“This is what the millions of subscribers help us do – they let it be known that when you see this logo, when you see this name ‘Londini’ – be careful – maybe delete this comment – because it might come back to you. bite.”
MESSAGE FOR PARENTS
Even if he tries, âThe Great Londiniâ admits that he can’t be in every corner of the internet all the time.
âYou have to have a plan. A lot of parents worry about their kids driving a car or how they act in public. But one of the things we never tell our kids – or don’t seem to be? making it talk to our children is the right way to act on the Internet. “
âAnd it goes both ways. What happens when you are being bullied – what if your child is the bully? “
“The Great Londini” was banned from TikTok but can’t understand why. âI don’t know why we got banned because none of the reasons ever aligned with the content. I think it has a lot to do with TikTok – they don’t want issues reported and they want to deal with them. -same. “
âThe Great Londiniâ – or âLeoâ as it’s often called – says it gets about 10 million views per week with 3,000 to 4,000 people tagging it on comments left by cyberbullies.
The movement began with the cyberbullying and subsequent suicide of a young boy “Leo” knew.