Nobody wants their mom to know what they get up to on the Internet—least of all trolls who spend their days spewing rape threats and are still supported by an allowance.
Alana Pearce, a video game reviewer based in Brisbane, Australia, is well aware of this fact, and has pressed it to her advantage in the battle against online misogyny. Rather than report Facebook abuse through corporate channels, she’s going straight to the real authority figure.
Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I've started telling their mothers. pic.twitter.com/0Cbs81eXiE— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) November 28, 2014
Pearce followed this tweet with posts indicating that she’s contacted other mothers of would-be rapists but hasn’t heard back from them—because they’re busy yelling at their horrible idiot children, we hope.
@carrolljba @doncandon Super easy to do just by looking at their profiles, I've done it 4 times now (she was the first to reply, though).— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) November 28, 2014
Good luck talking your way out of that grounding, boys. (But not really.)