BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin has quit social media after being targeted by trolls.
The presenter says she’s tired of the criticism cruel viewers send her every day – and leaving Twitter has been “a long time coming”.
“I am not alone, there are plenty of others, “ she wrote in Cheshire Life magazine.
“You might think I am oversensitive (I probably am), and need to grow a thicker skin (I probably do), but the truth is I can read a hundred nice comments about me but it will be the nasty one I will remember, try as I might to shrug it off.
“Recently the level of acrimony on social media reached unnerving levels, with people constantly shouting at each other, whipping up outrage and throwing around wild assumptions.
“I realised, I had had enough of reading it and being drawn into the cycle of negativity.”
Louise, who has been on the show for over 12 years, says that coming off Facebook has allowed her to “do other things I have been wanting to do for ages” and that she’s been “reading books, watching box sets and actually using my mobile to speak to family and friends.”
“It’s much better than falling into a rabbit hole of darkness,” she adds.
Louise last tweeted four hours ago, about BBC Breakfast’s Wake Up To The Menopause series, and Instagrammed a photo of herself and BBC Breakfast colleague Dan Walker on the New Year’s Eve edition of the show.
Last year, Louise apologised after being caught up in a ‘cheating’ row during a triathlon – but denied she’d had an unfair advantage during the cycling portion of the race.
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