Politicians and members of every party say online abuse is wrong, but see no contradiction in happily following accounts that abuse their rivals in Government, or indeed journalists. I know this to be true because my own personal troll enjoys a number of Leinster House staff as followers.
I say this not to cast shame on those who follow the account or to paint myself as a victim, but to illustrate the tacit acceptance of abuse levelled at those we see as against us.
Since the election and through the pandemic, as supporters of political parties became more entrenched in their views, many politicians say they avoid Twitter conversation completely.
As described in this newspaper on Monday, many TDs use it only to promote work-related content and very little else before the abuse arrives.
Journalists will often comment that social media, despite being essential to the job, is their least favourite part of it.
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