Councillor writes about Twitter abuse experience

Nikki Bond, a Labour councillor at Sheffield city council, has written an article for the Guardian about her experience of using Twitter for her job, where she often has to deal with abusive comments:  “I was told I was incapable because of my age, lacked experience and was even called stupid”.

So how does she deal with such issues? Her advice is to challenge such trolls, but also know when to stop and block them, keeping in mind that “blocking is useful when you can’t take it anymore but it doesn’t mean the problem has gone away because a troll will just bully someone else. You can make a difference by standing up for yourself”.

She also says it is important to remember not to take abusive comments personally: “Don’t let it take over your life, and don’t take it to heart”.


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