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The number of tweets insulting the politicians have more than doubled between 2015 and 2017, according to the analysis of more than a million tweets.

Twitter insults targeting politicians rose from about 10 000 in the course of 2015, the general election in a little less than 25,000 in the snap election two years later.

The best-known politicians has been a lot of tweets and the abuse, but less well-known MPs had a higher proportion of violence.

The University of Sheffield department of computer science, has carried out the research.

Project manager Kalina Bontcheva, said the increase of the abuse of public figures was “shocking”.

The study suggests both the volume and the proportion of Twitter abuse has increased between the two elections.
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Research has shown abusive tweets:
6.6% of Boris Johnson’s Twitter timeline in 2015 and 9.3% in 2017
4.6% of Jeremy Hunt, the scenario in 2015, up 8.6%,
2.5% Diane Abbott mount in 2015, up 3.4%

Abusive tweets to Ed Miliband has fallen from 5.6% when he was Labour leader in 2015 to 3.3% when it is returned to the back benches.

Nearly 600 of the UK’s 650 Mps are on Twitter, which they use to promote their work in their constituencies, to show their support for local causes and to engage in the debate.

But Mps have warned for several years that the level of violence that they receive has got out of control, with female mps in particular who are targeted, and threats of violence becoming common.

In July, the tory MP Nadine Dorries said that the co-workers were invited to “close” their accounts by the Parliament of the Health and Well-being of Service.

The shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott has spoken of the offensive sexist and racist and “mindless abuse”, she and her team have had to endure every day on social media, and not just at election time.

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The work of Paula Sheriff stated that the election of 2017 has been the most “brutal” to this day.

On Thursday, the Labour MP Stephen Doughty tweeted an example of a tweet insulting that he had reported – and Twitter response that it has not violated its policies.

He said: “If you wonder why Facebook, Twitter, etc are becoming more difficult places, here is another example of the abuse we get and the response of social media, businesses – who think that we deserve a different threshold of abuse “to allow for discourse.””

Responding to the research, the Office of the minister of affairs, Chloe Smith said: “It is vital that we prevent the rise of bullying of people in the public service and those who want to stand for elections.

“That is why this government is consulting on new measures to protect candidates and campaigners standing for public service. We can’t let the intimidation of citizens in the public life of perpetuate themselves.”

Last year, a report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, said an “intensely hostile online environment” has been created and warned people would be put off entering politics because of the abuse.