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Male stars get more abuse on Twitter

Male celebrities get more Twitter abuse than women, but men are also more likely to hurl abuse, a study shows.

A two-week study of 2,006,616 tweets that were sent to some high-profile and widely-followed public figures on Twitter showed that 5.19pc of those sent to male celebrities included abuse, compared to 1.37pc aimed at female celebrities.

The Think tank Demos and academics from the University of Sussex developed software that looked at the accounts of celebrities, politicians, journalists and musicians, which were equally split between the number of male and female famous faces.

They ranged from journalist Piers Morgan through to singers Rita Ora and Jessie J plus former cabinet minister Barones Warsi.

Being outspoken meant that journalist Piers Morgan, comic Ricky Gervais and former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins were three of the most likely celebrities to receive abuse.

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It was found that 2.54pc of the tweets containing the @ username of male public figures contained abuse, compared to only 0.95pc of the tweets received by women.

Of the 94,528 messages for Morgan 8,258 were abusive, while 1,190 of the 45,815 messages received by Ricky Gervais were abusive.

Jessie J had to put up with 263 abusive messages among the 322,433 she received - but as performers who seek to entertain rather than provoke a reaction the study found that it was celebrities who faced the lowest levels of abuse.

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