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What really happened to Madeleine Beth McCann?

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brenda_leyland [2015/10/11 12:16]
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 ...Brenda Leyland was not a troll. At least not in the original sense of the word. An online troll is - or was - somebody who used the internet to cause annoyance to other online users using whatever means possible. They didn't even have to believe in what they were saying. So long as they were getting a reaction, it's job done for the internet'​s most common beast. Brenda Leyland was a woman who seemed to firmly stand behind exactly what she had to say online, using her internet persona **'​@sweepyface'​**. She wasn't putting out these //'​hateful'//​ tweets or messages because she wanted to annoy, but rather because she thought that a serious miscarriage of justice had taken place at the expense of a young child, and she wanted things to be put right. Whether she is correct in what she believed is another matter entirely.... ...Brenda Leyland was not a troll. At least not in the original sense of the word. An online troll is - or was - somebody who used the internet to cause annoyance to other online users using whatever means possible. They didn't even have to believe in what they were saying. So long as they were getting a reaction, it's job done for the internet'​s most common beast. Brenda Leyland was a woman who seemed to firmly stand behind exactly what she had to say online, using her internet persona **'​@sweepyface'​**. She wasn't putting out these //'​hateful'//​ tweets or messages because she wanted to annoy, but rather because she thought that a serious miscarriage of justice had taken place at the expense of a young child, and she wanted things to be put right. Whether she is correct in what she believed is another matter entirely....
  
-Her actions meant that [[involvement_of_media|Martin Brunt]] turned up at Brenda'​s doorstep and repeatedly asked questions she didn't want to answer at that moment. She was taken by surprise. Repeating that she was going out with a friend and replying //"​No"//​ when asked if Martin could speak to her about her Twitter account, she was followed right up to her car and the questions continued to come until she got into the vehicle. She later invited the team inside and is reported to have explained her reasoning for the tweets off-camera, hoping that she hadn't broken the law.+Her actions meant that [[martin_edward_brunt|Martin Brunt]] turned up at Brenda'​s doorstep and repeatedly asked questions she didn't want to answer at that moment. She was taken by surprise. Repeating that she was going out with a friend and replying //"​No"//​ when asked if Martin could speak to her about her Twitter account, she was followed right up to her car and the questions continued to come until she got into the vehicle. She later invited the team inside and is reported to have explained her reasoning for the tweets off-camera, hoping that she hadn't broken the law.
  
 It was the Daily Mail who took the chance **on October 2** to //"​unmask"//​ Brenda - __using her full name__ - as one of many '​trolls'​ who hurl //"​vile"//​ abuse at the [[madeleine_fund|McCann family]]. Though they do make sure they include sentences that show what she did and didn't tweet, they tend to tar her with the same brush they'​re using against anonymous users who have threatened and even posted sexually explicit messages online about the family. Not enough is done to distinguish between Brenda'​s messages and those of others. This was also the date that the [[rupert_murdoch|Sky News footage]] was aired. It was the Daily Mail who took the chance **on October 2** to //"​unmask"//​ Brenda - __using her full name__ - as one of many '​trolls'​ who hurl //"​vile"//​ abuse at the [[madeleine_fund|McCann family]]. Though they do make sure they include sentences that show what she did and didn't tweet, they tend to tar her with the same brush they'​re using against anonymous users who have threatened and even posted sexually explicit messages online about the family. Not enough is done to distinguish between Brenda'​s messages and those of others. This was also the date that the [[rupert_murdoch|Sky News footage]] was aired.