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Geo-Tagging Allows Racist Trolls to Be Shamed in Their Home-Towns

Anti-racist campaigners in Brazil are attempting to make online users accountable for their posts by reproducing their offensive comments on billboards near to where they live. By identifying their locations with geo-tagging, the campaigners have worked with local media companies to create the adverts for the authors' communities to see.

The 'Virtual Racism, Real Consequences' project by Criola - an organisation for black women's rights -
has commissioned the billboards in order to show united indignation towards racism. The comments featured were directed at Maria Júlia Coutinho, the weather presenter of one of the most important news shows in Brazil. Ironically, the comments were first published on July 3rd, Brazil's National Day to Combat Racial Discrimination. Although the names and photos of the authors are pixelated, the condemnation of these trolls from both local and online communities is palpable.

The response from those living in the communities where the billboards featured is most powerful - that the comments are abhorrent, outdated and unjustified. Many believe that the anonymity of the internet perpetuates these online abusers and that they should be made responsible for their posts through methods such as this. Hopefully this campaign signals a change in the country (and worldwide) through which online bullies are increasingly made answerable to their posts and are likely to face retribution for their morally-skewed opinions.

SMF rookie, fresh out of academia, looking forward to more creative ventures. With a love of current affairs, green tea and an ever insatiable wanderlust, Katie is ready to have her voice heard. Follow her @KatieAtSMF

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