Online abuse and then stabbing to death: did the blogger deserve that?

It is reported that a Japanese blogger who had gone in a seminar to share how to grow traffic and deal with trolls, fell victim to the troll's physical assault. Ironically, he was a cyber security expert and had also told the gathering how to deal with trolls.

Kenichiro Okamoto, the blogger, had finished his seminar and gone to the bathroom where his online harasser, Hidemitsu Matsumoto, stabbed him to death. Matsumoto later surrendered before Fukuoka city police and said he held a grudge against the blogger after their online exchanges and planned to kill him for that.

The killer seems to have a criminal mind as he was a regular troll online and used a number of anonymous handles on social media. His account had been frozen by a blogging service that he was using, but he had bragged that he was not afraid of that and had continued with his online harassment of social media users.

Bloggers and other users of social media need to be wary of trolls, especially when they are persistent. In this case, Matsumoto had been harassing Okamoto since 2016. Women bloggers especially need to be wary of commenters, followers and friends whose identities look suspect and who persist with their views or become exceptionally warm or abusive for no reason.

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