“When you do unmask them, you realise what sad cases they are. They just want to get a rise out of their victims. They aren’t even playground bullies. They’re not strong, they don’t have any way of physically harming you.
“They all know the stuff they’re saying is awful. Really bad. They crumble. They realise they’re not the people they pretended to be online. They’re weak people who don’t stand by what they’ve said. You get the sense they had no idea what’s right and wrong online.
“Trolls need to realise that if even I can find you, the police will very easily find out how you are. Unless you’re some mastermind, it’s so straightforward.
“And the police are taking this increasingly seriously. Trolls need to think, ‘Do I want to lose my job? Do I want to be outed over this stupid abuse online?'”
Mike Deri Smith is currently a producer working for Channel 4 News