Willie O’Reilly: In the ‘sewer’ of Twitter, ignorance is no defence

Leo Varadkar’s recent comments about the social media site belied the fact that life is starting to get harder for online trolls

1st August, 2021
Willie O’Reilly: In the ‘sewer’ of Twitter, ignorance is no defence
Dr Christian Jessen, the British TV presenter, was recently ordered to pay Arlene Foster, the former DUP leader, £150,000 in compensation for an unfounded allegation he made against her on Twitter

The Tánaiste didn’t hold back in his recent description of Twitter. It can be a sewer, Leo Varadkar said. This from a man with more than 420,000 followers who has been tweeting for over a decade.

I’m going to try to parse back what I think he meant. Varakdar, no doubt, considers Twitter an excellent means of communication that allows him to contact the public directly, but unfortunately, it is polluted by...

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