Naga Munchetty was sitting in for Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning and those listening at home heard her interview author Matt Haig. During their conversation, talk turned to opinions on Twitter and the BBC Breakfast host revealed the way in which she deals with negative comments and people’s opinions on the social media site.
“You said you hate Twitter, can’t seem to wean yourself off it,” Naga said to Matt,
“And it has affected you mentally as well. And Twitter basically stopped you writing a book?”
“Yes. This is true,” the guest replied.
“Tell me about that,” Naga continued.
“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.
“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!
“And it was my fault they got the wrong end of the stick because I wasn’t explaining it clearly enough,” Matt continued to explain.
“I have rather, shall we say, an assertive way, of dealing with people who abuse me on Twitter,” she replied.
“I don’t like it, I won’t put up with it,” Naga stated.
“No, I think that’s good. I don’t know why we have to accept people being horrible to you, “ Matt responded.
“I just, people saying anything on Twitter, they would never say to your face!” The journalist said.