Saturday September 26, 2020

Is it time to give Twitter its marching orders?

Laura Whitmore has called out the social media giant over abusive comments after she appeared on a British army podcast. Yet as long as Twitter claims to be a platform, not a publisher, it can continue to trivialise bullying

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

@nadineoregan
9th August, 2020
Laura Whitmore: the BBC and Love Island presenter received a torrent of abuse on Twitter

‘Did you see that Laura Whitmore is trending? It’s something to do with the British army.”

When I heard those words last week I clicked onto Twitter on my phone, and scrolled in growing discomfort down through the scores of tweets directed at the Irish broadcaster.

Whitmore was getting a torrent of abusive comments, many of them too unpleasant to repeat here, in connection with the BBC and Love Island presenter’s...

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