Help! I’ve Been Attacked on Social Media
by Rick Guilfoil (Owner/CEO of LogixStreet)
No one likes to be attacked on social media. Unfortunately it is probably just a matter of time before you find yourself in this situation. Internet Trolls are abundant. I could write a multiple page blog with tips on how to handle these situations but I think I can briefly give you a couple of tips that will help.
First: If you are attacked, just walk away initially. Responding through your emotions is never the best way to handle this.
Second: Pray. Yes, pray about what has been said about you or your church. Seek Gods guidance and ask him to calm your heart and give you a Christ centered response.
Third: Monitor the post. See if it is gaining traction. If no one is piling on then it may be being seen for what it is. If you are sensing that it is gaining traction and many people are commenting you must respond at some level. I would advise seeking a phone conversation with the person that posted the attack and try to alleviate their concerns by talking. If you get into a sparing match online, it can get out of hand very quickly.
The bottom line; there is not a sure fire way to deal with a social media attack. I just think the above suggestions are common sense and would keep things from escalating.