Online abuse towards NI politicians rises ahead of election

Online abuse towards NI politicians rises ahead of election

Politicians have been targeted by increasing levels of abuse on social media as the Northern Ireland Assembly election approaches on 5th May 2022.

Speaking to Causeway Coast Community a number of politicians said that they welcomed scrutiny of political decisions but personal attacks were unacceptable.

One said, "The personal attacks are very hard to take. There comes a time when you ask yourself the question - do I really need this?"

On Monday East Londonderry candidate Maurice Bradley said that he had been targeted by online troll(s) in recent weeks.  In a social media post, he said "I  have reported the content to the police. The troll(s) are "lost in the insignificance of their own self-inflated importance."

Politicians in recent months have said that all social media users should be subject to an improved verification process that (only if required by law enforcement) allows for accurate identification of the person behind the account.

If you feel that you are a victim of online abuse, contact the PSNI on 101.  

 

Geoffrey Moffett

Written by Geoffrey Moffett

Content Creator for Causeway Coast Community.
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