BP (BP) is being accused of hiring trolls, people who purposefully start online arguments with the purpose of angering other people, to harass critics during the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.
During the oil disaster, BP hired Ogilvy & Mather, an international PR agency, to run its American Facebook (FB) page. The troll accusation comes from a woman who was attacked when she posted critical comments regarding the spill to the company’s Facebook page. The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, believes that these trolls were hired by Ogilvy or BP specifically to attack people. She has brought the matter to the Government Accountability Project’s attention and has provided them with documents that may prove her claim, reports Al Jazeera.
“The harassment communications are not something that BP and their people are not aware of,” Steve Lockman, a legal investigator for Levine, Papantino, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, told Al Jazeera. “It’s not a hidden secret that the personal attacks, broadcast abuse, and type-written harassment were happening and continue to go on.”