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John Bishop dubs Twitter 'a forum to abuse people' as he leaves the site amid troll siege

Comedian John Bishop has abandoned Twitter after abuse was directed at his family by trolls.

Bishop shines a light on trolls

The Liverpudlian stand-up, who has 2.7 million followers on the site, left Twitter earlier this week despite being an avid user who regularly posts updates to his fans.

His wife of 20 years, Michelle Bishop, also suspended her account this year amid similar abuse from trolls.

Bishop tweeted that he is "taking some time away" from Twitter as it is a platform for "scumbags" to abuse people.

He made the announcement after playing a gig in Glasgow at the SSE Hydra as part of his Supersonic tour on Thursday 27 November.

After the announcement his fans left encouragement, advice and praise for the comedian.

Internet trolling has become a widespread problem of late with those perpetrating the attacks often hiding behind the veil of anonymity.

Earlier this month, Reuters acknowledged the issue and removed the comments feature from its site, adding that readers can still voice their opinions on the publication’s social media channels.

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