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If I could switch off the Internet sometimes I would, especially for kids and bullying’ – Ryan Tubridy on online trolls

Ryan Tubridy

The RTE broadcaster said he has no regrets about his decision to shut down his Twitter account in 2011, despite having more than 60,000 followers.

“I’d rather read a good book than what some guy in a bedsit watching Star Trek thinks about me. I made a decision to go offline a couple of years ago and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened,” he said.

The 42-year-old admitted that he used to seek out “critique and criticism” in reviews but when the Internet became a breeding ground for trolls, he decided he’d had enough

Then online came along and honestly, if you want to depress yourself as a broadcaster, read online. If I could switch off the Internet sometimes I would. Especially for kids and bullying and all the things that are so easy to do for cowards.

“You used to go to school from 9am until 3pm and then you could switch it off. Now it follows you and the bullies can follow you now, wherever you are, if they want to,” said the father-of-two.