Barkin blocks Twit­ter’s bul­ly­ing twits

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY PAY TV -

Ellen Barkin (pic­tured) says the only way to deal with Twit­ter trolls is to block them. Barkin, who ap­pears in Chan­nel 10’s new se­ries The New Nor­mal, is a pro­lific tweeter with more than 115,000 fol­low­ers. She’s quickly learnt that fol­lower does not al­ways mean a friend or fan. She says her Twit­ter page is now on pri­vate and she has be­come used to block­ing trolls and bit­ing her Twit­ter tongue. ‘‘What is dispir­it­ing (about Twit­ter) is the flood of hate,’’ says Barkin. ‘‘I used to leave my Twit­ter feed open but then I thought ‘well this is just too ugly’ and I started block­ing ev­ery idiot who had noth­ing to say.’’ The star says peo­ple who lead a pub­lic life have to be thick-skinned and be wise enough not to get caught in a so­cial me­dia shoot-out with cy­ber bul­lies. It’s a sce­nario that lo­cal celebrity Char­lotte Daw­son knows only too well. The TV per­son­al­ity and for­mer model has now deleted her Twit­ter ac­count, af­ter be­ing the sub­ject of con­tin­u­ous at­tacks by cy­ber bul­lies.

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