Garner quits Twitter

Duncan Garner used Facebook to tell the world that he is done with Twitter and all its toxicity:

Goodbye twitter haters.

The putrid vile smell of twitter bile is laid out at the very bottom.

Just a few examples of the intolerance, hatred and madness when a very small bunch of permanently aggrieved groupies start violently punching their keyboard.

It’s an awfully angry, abusive and ultimately sad little hangout from hell.

And it’s got angrier. And more feral. I’ve been told to ‘suck a dick, that I’m a ‘c @”& and a [email protected]

Welcome to my world Duncan.

I usually genuinely enjoy interaction online and it’s good that journos and the public can reach out and talk and get conversations going. That’s who I am. I pride myself on accessibility and being approachable and genuine unlike so many who simply couldn’t give a toss.

Calling me a racist bitch is lazy and lame and clearly it shows people don’t know me at all. Nor do they have any idea about my life. Twitter here is an angry child full of self-appointed wana-be intellectuals that believe they’re truly superior. But many of these people hide cowardly behind anonymity. Gutless. These people are abusers, verbal abusers. So I am out. I will use the extra time on myself and kids. No problem there. I have no intention of hanging around and will leave twitter as soon as I hit the dump button.

Facebook comments recently have been nasty too. Last week a truly horrid man on FB attacked Ingrid Hipkiss’s ankles. What a prick. The list goes on. I’d never welcome that into my house so why should I let it into my life at all.

Immigration, population and planning is crucial and we have to get it right. I stand by all that. This week is mental health week and online bullying is rife in NZ but seriously some people on twitter need to review how they engage before they do some serious damage.

The totally inaccurate assumptions on twitter today were just hopeless and when you point that out they point to something else.

Twitter lost me today because twitter and its people have no idea about me and my bi-lingual kohanga and Kura kids, the immigrant neighbourhood I live in and my boy’s school where 55 languages are spoken and my wife is dedicated to the mainly immigrant community as a teacher aide – she treats and loves all those kids and new arrivals with total love and warmth.

And they are my son’s friends. Good bye twitter and the angry aliens that populate your echo chamber. I suggest you book yourself in for anger management counselling. I’ve done it. I hope you’re humble enough to look in the mirror and think about your approach. Are you being the best version of yourself? Bye.

Twitter is full of angry, weak, gutless cowards who hurl abuse, issue death threats or threaten your family. They drive people away and make the place worse. I only use Twitter now for pushing posts out, almost never for engaging. It is highly tribal and truly awful. It is best left to the feeble minded.

I refuse to post the c-bomb one.

Twitter hate: This below is from the @selfcarebastard (so bravely and cowardly anonymous)

oh hello @DuncanGarnerNZ you racist little bitch

This serial offender – Giovanni Tiso

While I’m here, and I know it’s been touched upon, but speaking as an immigrant, and with all due respect: @DuncanGarnerNZ, go fuck yourself

@snarkymcsnarkface (another gutless anonymous tough guy) calls me a white supremacist

Really running the white supremacy lines strong today Tat

Twitter doesn’t have a revenue model, it does have a hate model. It is best avoided, they no longer believe in freedom of speech.


-Duncan Garner via Facebook

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.