Why do people troll on the internet?

3 answers

  • Russia's "Information Research Agency" uses trolling amongst other tactics to sow disinformation and increase polarization between different political factions.

  • Some people knowingly share fake news for fun, presumably as long as it aligns with their politics.

  • Some people use trolling to "trigger" those who they disagree with. People can be so forthright in their possibly mistaken beliefs that they can't listen to an opposing point of view, so trolling becomes the most effective way of engaging with them (albeit negatively).