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Tom Daley: Twitter addressed abusive messages ‘pretty quickly’

The Olympic star told Channel 5 News that the best way to deal with online trolls is to ignore them.

Tom Daley: Twitter addressed abusive messages ‘pretty quickly’

By Jack Leather

Tom Daley has told Channel 5 News that Twitter has acted on the abuse he received on the social media site.

His comments come as former footballer Stan Collymore has hit out at the company for not doing more to tackle abuse, in his case racial attacks.

Daley told Julian Druker: “I can't really comment on what Twitter are doing because I have no idea what they do behind the scenes.

“All I know is when I've had problems like that it's been sorted pretty quickly.”

The Olympic bronze medallist, who has 2.6 million Twitter followers, added: “The people that say nasty things - just don't give them the attention.”

Collymore told us yesterday that he received abuse online for talking about depression.

Today, he said: "I accuse Twitter directly of not doing enough to combat racist/homophobic/sexist hate messages, all of which are illegal in the UK."

Watch Julian's full report here:

NewsTalk Live debate - Is Twitter doing enough?

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  • Dave Anderson

    3 months ago

    Dave Anderson

    There is a need for boundaries to be set. You wouldn't give out that sort of abuse in public but they are on a public forum. People must respect boundaries and common decency, Twitter is for comments, debate, updates and views not ofr unlimited and unchecked abuse. it cannot go unchecked and unpoliced as where will all end? Name, shame and fine them I say!