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Ashley Judd says she's pressing charges against Twitter trolls

Technically Incorrect: All she did was say that the University of Arkansas basketball team was "playing dirty." Then the invective rolled in, including threats of physical violence.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Ashley Judd has had enough of Twitter trolls. Today/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It's hard, if you're objective, to feel fondness for the University of Kentucky basketball team.

If it was in the NBA, it would be the second tallest team after the Minnesota Timberwolves. This is less a college team and more a rookie professional team.

Still, actor Ashley Judd is deeply enamored of these Wildcats. During a game on Sunday, she offered that the University of Arkansas was "playing dirty" against her boys. She added that they could "kiss my team's free-throw making a**."

This hardly seems the worst invective. I could merrily tweet it every time I see the Clippers' Chris Paul play. (Disclosure: Warriors fan.)

However, Judd was then subjected to a barrage of bile. As she offered in just one of her tweets of rebuttal: "When when I express a stout opinion during #MarchMadness I am called a whore, c---, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay."

The rebuttals from others didn't stop. Judd explained in another tweet, after she'd been accused of oversensitivity: "Example: I am mentally weak for not tolerating sodomy threats. "@AshleyJudd oversensitive liberals like are you that mentally weak?"

Judd now says she's taking legal action against the trolls. She appeared on the "Today Show" on Monday and said that her own tweet, the one that ticked off the trolls, might have been phrased differently. This seems excessively reasonable of her.

"Everyone needs to take personal responsibility for what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture on social media to persist," she said.

She then added: "And by the way, I'm pressing charges."

There would seem to be a lot of charges to press. A quick view through her Twitter feed reveals all sorts of nastiness, yet sadly the sort of nastiness that is seen on Twitter every single day.

"The amount of gender violence I experience is absolutely extraordinary and a significant part of my day today will be filing police reports," she said.

The question is whether those police reports will do any good in the US. Perhaps.

In the UK this week, a 15-year-old was arrested after an allegedly racist tweet aimed at Arsenal soccer striker Danny Welbeck.

In the US, there have been cases of people being arrested for tweeting alleged threats against the police. More than once, in fact.

Recently, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo admitted that his company . So will Judd's legal action actually produce police action?

If every troll who made threats of one kind or another on Twitter was suddenly arrested, there sadly wouldn't be enough court days this decade to handle it all.