It\u2019s one thing to stand behind your beliefs; it\u2019s something completely different to hold onto them so tightly that you\u2019re ready to pounce anytime someone even whispers a comment that\u2019s out of sync. However, that is exactly what is going on with the IOTA community, which immediately cries foul anytime a blurb, a tweet or a comment is posted that doesn\u2019t espouse the supposed endless virtues of the digital currency. IOTA is a distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrency designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). It is repeatedly in the news, and lately there have been a number of online harassment allegations against the group. One individual, a reporter for Forbes, was apparently told that \u201cshe needs to be slapped\u201d by IOTA Foundation board of directors\u2019 member Dominik Schiener for reporting about the security flaws in the cryptocurrency uncovered in an MIT research. whadaya know... Today's FT. (Although it's hardly "news" that IOTA founders are the most toxic and obnoxious "leaders" in the space) pic.twitter.com\/SsYn7TyI8O \u2014 cryptocalamity (@cryptokalamity) April 26, 2018 Jemima Kelly, who writes for the Financial Times (FT), said that IOTA followers are obsessed with controlling any information that is published about the group. In an article she wrote on the FT website, Kelly said, \u201cIOTA talks a lot about FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt), a term adopted by the crypto community to refer to critical commentary. The acronym might also reasonably be applied to its own approach to dealing with critics.\u201d Kelly added that IOTA\u2019s tactics have resulted in certain individuals being too scared to speak out. She contacted several people for comments for her story, and two declined. One was concerned about being physically harmed if identified as the person in the story. An individual who agreed to comment, Post Oak Labs\u2019 Tim Swanson, indicated that he had retweeted a story that was critical of IOTA, but later removed it because he had been intimidated by a \u201csenior person from the IOTA team.\u201d Now, IOTA\u2019s fan base automatically calls out any piece that doesn\u2019t paint IOTA is the best cryptocurrency ever for doing nothing more than spreading FUD. Evidence is found on Tangleblog\u2019s Twitter feed - one example found on Tangleblog called out Zcash\u2019s founder, Zooko, for spreading FID because he tweeted a link to Kelly\u2019s FT article. The blog\u2019s author went further, whining about Grayscale Investments because it liked Zooko\u2019s tweet. IOTA and its \u201ctroll army,\u201d as it has become known, has pushed for boycotts against organizations such as Bitcoin.com, Coindesk, The Next Web and many, many more. Anyone who doesn\u2019t bow down and pray to IOTA is seen as an enemy, and the troll army is all too ready with the swords to launch their attacks. https:\/\/twitter.com\/iotatoken\/status\/966309603389698048 The attacks follow a predictable pattern. First, there\u2019s the Twitter response. An article\u2019s author can expect to receive veiled threats soon after publishing a story, and will be told to stop the spread of FUD. If that doesn\u2019t work, the army goes into high gear. After that, the comments section of the article will receive numerous complaints. These are virtually all the same copied-and-pasted text, showing the lack of creativity on the army\u2019s part. The soldiers may complain that the article demonstrates fear of IOTA\u2019s superiority, or they might go directly after the author, using anything from his or her past as artillery to disparage the individual. This article hasn\u2019t exactly put IOTA in the best of lights. I guess it\u2019s my turn to feel the wrath, to which I can only say one thing\u2014bring it on.