The Sunday Times Demos Twitter

Males most likely to troll and be trolled, with one in 20 tweets being abusive

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By Ishbel Macleod | PR and social media consultant

August 25, 2014 | 1 min read

One in every 20 tweets sent to prominent male figures are abusive, new research of more than two million messages has found.

The research, created for The Sunday Times by think tank Demos, found that the statistic for abusive messages to a woman stands at one in 70.

Piers Morgan receives the most derogatory comments a day, with 8.4 per cent of the tweets he receives including a message of hate, while Katie Hopkins, who previously was a contestant on the Apprentice, is the female who generates the most hate-mail.

Female journalists were the only group that received more abusive messages than their male counterparts, with 5.22 per cent of messages being derogatory.

However, while men receive most of the abusive tweets, it was also discovered that in two-thirds of cases, it is men that disseminate offensive material.

The Sunday Times Demos Twitter

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