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Claire Byrne admits: 'I quit Twitter because of online trolls' abuse'


Claire Byrne has revealed that she quit Twitter because of online trolls.

The  TV star was encouraged by her husband Gerry to leave the social media site after regularly seeing negative comments about herself.

“I know there’ll be stuff on there about how I look and what I wear – and I just don’t need to see that,” she said.

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“I stopped using Twitter because it was actually my fiancé Gerry who said to me, ‘I don’t know why you’re inviting these people into our home’.”

Because if you’re sitting at home trying to have a family life and you’re looking at all these nasty things and it’s affecting you, what’s the point of it?”

The RTE presenter insisted that she doesn’t understand why people feel the need to attack each other online.

“I don’t really know what’s wrong with people that they have to attack people online,” she said.

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“I’m not just talking about people in my position, it’s teenagers and lots of other people.”

“It’s a strange thing that people think it’s okay to sit down and write something deeply offensive on a keyboard and press ‘send’.”

Claire admitted that while she and her team go through comments on social media after Claire Byrne Live broadcasts, she doesn’t read them directly in case they’re negative.

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“We always have a few meetings after each show to go through the responses that we have on social media,” she said.

“But I don’t look directly at them because I don’t really want to see personal stuff that I’m sure people are saying about me.”

“I’ve enough to be dealing with – I have two children and work and the rest.”

“So if there’s an editorial problem or a real issue with something I presented, then my producers will certainly tell me about that,” she told The Herald.