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Poll: Are celebrities too thin-skinned?

Darron Gibson may have quit Twitter over the volume of abuse – but should celebs on the site expect negative comments?

MANCHESTER UNITED and Republic of Ireland footballer Darron Gibson became the subject of a Twitter storm yesterday when he joined the site at lunchtime – only to delete his account within a couple of hours, amid torrents of abuse.

Ryan Tubridy has previously spoken about how he is affected by critical comments about the Late Late Show, while glamour model Imogen Thomas – currently the subject of a superinjunction over an affair with a footballer – yesterday said she would be “dead by now” if name-calling on Twitter could kill.

The events have shown how social media can put celebrities in the firing line – and sparked debate about whether public figures can do themselves more harm than good by making themselves into a potential target for abuse.

Do you think celebrities on Twitter should be expected to put up with criticism and abuse?

Poll Results:

Here are the Tweets that made Darron Gibson quit Twitter within two hours (or did they?) >

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