Judith Collins quits Twitter

Last updated 10:27 06/05/2014
Fairfax NZ

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Embattled justice minister Judith Collins is abandoning Twitter, and Prime Minister John Key says he backs her decision because it's full of "trolls and bottom-feeders".

Key said he had not given Collins an edict to stay off social media and it was her idea to remove herself from the twittersphere.

"She's volunteered. She's said to me I'm going to stay off," Key said.

"My view is there's a lot of trolls and bottom-feeders on that and in the end they get in people's head. It's an anonymous situation, it's a form of cyber bullying, I don't engage in that."

The extent of his involvement in Twitter was to tweet pictures of what he had been up to, but he did not follow twitter feeds "for a very good reason".

"Frankly I'd advise other politicians to follow the same advice I follow," Key said.

"There's going to be a lot of bad stuff written out there on social media ... .that's just the nature of the job, it happens on all sides to all politicians but I don't see how any good can come from that stuff."

Collins has been a prolific tweeter and readily gets embroiled in Twitter wars with her opponents and critics.

She used Twitter at the weekend to question the integrity of Press Gallery journalist Katie Bradford and later took to it again to apologise to her. 

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