Noel Edmonds locates and confronts Facebook troll
2 April 2012
The host of Deal Or No Deal took action after contacting the social networking site last year and asking it to close the page entitled “Somebody please kill Noel Edmonds”.
Facebook told Mr Edmonds it could only take action following a police complaint but the 63-year-old was keen to find “a more positive way to get a resolution”.
He instructed a firm called Web Sheriff to help trace the individual and then set up a meeting in person with the man to urge him to delete the site.
Mr Edmonds told The Mail on Sunday: "I don’t engage with social media – I am not on Twitter or Facebook so when this issue was drawn to my attention and I saw the site, I was shocked.
"I felt incredulous that someone could have this level of prejudice and that this kind of message could be posted in an unfettered way.
"I could see there was someone young behind this and I didn’t want to see that person’s life ruined with a criminal record and I thought there had to be a more positive way to get a resolution than going to the police. I wanted to resolve this face-to-face."
Web Sheriff, which monitors social media for cyber-bullying, contacted Facebook and traced the page to a computer user from Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent.
Mr Edmonds then contacted the campus to request a meeting with the man in return for not reporting the matter to the police, which could have led to a charge of incitement to violence.
Mr Edmonds added: "When we met I could see the guy was terrified and remorseful. I thought it was brave of him to come to meet me and say he was sorry and I think something could come out of this – where people realise that just because someone is famous or in the public eye, they are people too."
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