Media figures lament toxic Twitter

TheHill | 7/19/2018 | Ali Breland
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High-profile journalists are saying they might leave Twitter after tweets attacking them and family members.

The latest controversy is underscoring how the popular social media platform has become toxic in the current political climate.

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CNN reporter and commentator Chris Cillizza tweeted on Sunday that he was “about done” with Twitter, after tweets mocking his child’s peanut allergy.

“We are talking about a 9 year old. Feel free to hate me. But don’t mock my son’s peanut allergy. Classless and indefensible,” Cillizza wrote.

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MSNBC Anchor Chuck Todd also offered support to Cillizza and criticized the abuse.

“Every time I think Twitter can’t get worse, it does. You people are awful. Leave the man’s family alone. Disgusting,” he tweeted.

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Cillizza has remained on Twitter since the episode, but another prominent reporter has said she is taking a break from the social media platform.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted on Monday that with the exception of sharing breaking news and her own stories, she would be stepping back from Twitter.

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“No reason or prompt other than that it’s not really helping the discourse,” she explained.

Haberman’s not the only high-profile journalist to do so in recent months.

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New York Times Magazine writer and Vice News Tonight correspondent Jay Caspian Kang, who was an active Twitter user, deactivated his account last month, without explanation.

In March, an Intercept journalist with a larger following, Lee Fang, also decided to leave, writing that Twitter is “unhealthy for many reasons.”

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In 2017, New York Times political columnist Bret Stephens also said he was done with the platform in a column calling Twitter “the political pornography of our time” and claiming it was “debasing to its users.”

Stephens has kept his account but scaled back interactions. The account appears to only share his columns and other Times content, and in his column, he said he was handing it off...
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