Naga Munchetty has described how she deals with abuse on social media and the zero-tolerance stance she takes to trolls. The 45-year-old BBC Breakfast host is known for her forthright opinions and it seems that she doesn't stand those who want to post abuse and will actively call out those who do.
On Tuesday morning, Naga swapped the breakfast show sofa for the BBC Radio Five Live studio, where she was sitting in for Emma Barnett. She was speaking to author Matt Haig, who is also an advocate for change on how mental health issues are approached, when the subject turned to opinionated Twitter posters.
Naga revealed to listeners how she deals with those that leave negative comments. She said to Matt: "You said you hate Twitter, can’t seem to wean yourself off it. And it has affected you mentally as well. And Twitter basically stopped you writing a book?”
Matt replied: "Yes. This is true. I’m quite glad I didn’t write it now - but a few years ago I had an idea to write a book about masculinity and it was very much a book trying to look at what being a man actually means, and how to be a better man and look at toxic masculinity - and all those things."
He continued: “But because Twitter - especially in those days when you could only write a short little tweet - it was very hard to convey a complex idea in a short response. “So people on the left and people on the right and all kinds of in the middle got the wrong end of the stick!" Matt added: “And it was my fault they got the wrong end of the stick because I wasn’t explaining it clearly enough.
“But it was instant backlash, in the way Twitter can conjure it out of nowhere. And I just thought ‘this is too delicate’. It wasn’t to be. “But I feel like Twitter, 90% of arguments on Twitter are misunderstandings, in a real world context, they wouldn’t become these sorts of tribal things."
Matt then asked Naga: “You’ve had all kind of rubbish on there?”
She replied: “I have rather, shall we say, an assertive way, of dealing with people who abuse me on Twitter. "I don’t like it, I won’t put up with it." Matt was impressed with this approach, saying to Naga: "No, I think that’s good. I don’t know why we have to accept people being horrible to you."