TrollBuster Founder Michelle Ferrier
Original Air Date: June 14, 2017
Today on Cyberlaw Radio Bennet is joined by the founder of TrollBusters Michelle Ferrier. TrollBusters was born at the International Women’s Media Foundation hackathon for women news entrepreneurs in New York City on January 30, 2015. The problem — Find a way to address trolls and cyberharassment that predominantly affects strong women voices online. Our solution — Counter hate with love by sending positive, affirming messaging for the target to the point of attack. We provide a hedge of protection around the individual, helping to provide emotional support and reputation management during cyber crises. TrollBusters won a top prize from Google at the International Women’s Media Foundation hackathon in New York in January 2015. The team won $3,000 for development. The Knight Prototype Fund awarded $35,000 in development funds in April 2015 to TrollBusters to develop a prototype for the positive messaging service.