Laura Kuenssberg has opened up about her delicate relationship with social media, describing it as “tangled in poison”.
The journalist – who has 1.3million Twitter followers – revealed she was using it “much less” after being misogynistically abused online.
Speaking to The Sunday Times’ Magazineshe said: “There is no doubt that social media is poisoned.
“I use it much less. A journalist from [their] core shouldn’t be sitting around refreshing its screen, it should be on the phone or meeting people or going out to find out.
Kuenssberg suggested that the best way to deal with trolls was to focus one’s energies elsewhere.
She said: ‘It’s a priority thing. What’s the use of my time? Does he check notifications? Nope, [so] turn off your notifications, don’t google yourself. The way I’ve handled it is basically I don’t watch it.
“Accepting fair criticism is one thing, giving oxygen or headroom to people who are like playground bullies – I have better things to do.”
In 2017, she said online trolls were trying to “silence” her, but insisted they wouldn’t win.
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The presenter, who is set to replace Andrew Marr as host of the BBC’s Sunday morning political show, also spoke about her work as a journalist.
While Kuenssberg suggested that women do well in the media, she noted that there have been occasions when “male colleagues have been taken more seriously”.
In April, it was revealed that Kuenssberg was to step down as the BBC’s political editor, having been the first woman to hold the post.
At the time, she said: ‘I will miss the daily drama and our wonderful team at Westminster. But after almost seven years and what feels like decades of headlines, it’s time to move on.
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