MPs are bombarded with 3,000 abusive tweets a day

MPs are bombarded with 3,000 abusive tweets a day

MPs are bombarded with 3,000 abusive tweets a day… and one in 20 messages sent to politicians are judged as toxic, probe reveals

  • MPs are being bombarded with over 3,000 abusive tweets a day, a probe found
  • One in twenty Tweets aimed at politicians were classifies to be ‘toxic’ in nature
  • MP Jess Phillips said colleagues were becoming too afraid to speak their mind 
  • Boris Johnson received the highest number of toxic tweets at around 19,000 

MPs are being bombarded with over 3,000 abusive tweets a day, a BBC probe has claimed.

Analysis of three million tweets aimed at politicians over a six-week period found one in 20 could be classed as ‘toxic’.

Female MPs are bearing the brunt, with social media users more likely to call them ‘thick’ and ‘ignorant’ than their male counterparts.

Labour MP Jess Phillips, pictured, said colleagues were becoming too afraid to speak their mind on certain topics – and had even voted against their principles on some occasions to avoid backlash.

The study found 130,000 that were offensive. Of these, 20,000 were considered severely toxic.

Former prime minister Boris Johnson received the highest number of toxic tweets at 19,000. Rishi Sunak and Nadine Dorries were second with around 9,000 each.

Labour MP Jess Phillips, pictured, said colleagues were becoming too afraid to speak their mind on certain topics after a BBC probe revealed that MPs are being bombarded with over 3,000 abusive tweets a day


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