British Armed Forces personnel in cyberbully mobbing on Facebook
I was doing some family tree research on a particular troop of the British Army as one of my relatives was a Captain in the army in the WW2.
I wanted to learn about the troop's history, contact other veterans and find out about such things as what their latin ensignia meant. All fairly run-of-the-mill stuff if you're doing family history.
So I joined the relevant Army Facebook Group which was an open one and was immediately accepted.
However, after just asking a few questions, this morning, which would help me learn more about their battalion, I had a barrage of comments which ranged from 'she looks like Cherie Blair, oh she must be a treehugger" etc, nobody whatsoever helping me with my questions. Then they started getting abusive, and anti-left wing and tried to turn on me in in a form of a 'cybermob'. If I had 'ginger hair' on my profile then they'd really go to town on me (fortunately it is now brunette!).
Clearly they were right wing army trolls and I thought at first that it was a site for teenagers, as the comments were very like they are on Youtube. No, they were supposedly professional adults working for HM Forces, some being soldiers, maybe they even had medals. They seemed to act more like Army brats rather than soldiers. They didn't welcome outsiders to their group, even descendents of WW2 veterans, despite the fact it was an open Facebook Group. If only their superiors saw them behaving like this, it wasn't very professional at all.
I managed to block the right wing HM Forces offenders from Facebook. I also rang up the relevant Army Association who runs the website. They said they do not moderate the site every day but promised to. I said their behaviour reflects badly on the Association and British Soldiers.
With the bullying issues at Deepcut Barracks, you do wonder if some members of the British Army are cyberbullying fellow soldiers, if you go by them doing something like that to ordinary members of the British Public....*
*other than the fact I am a Now Public contributor and anti-bullying campaigner.