We live in an age of disinformation and inventive abreaction. Offence taking by the offencerati, as they have justifiably been called, is as endemic as it is profoundly worrying, censorious and illiberal. It comes from anyone with a cause célèbre, from the seemingly irresistible mindless groupthink of virtue signalling, from left right, and sometimes even centre. The worst I have seen comes from the extreme left, which includes inter alia many environmentalists and animal rights activists and the fascists who call themselves, paradoxically, and without a hint of irony, anti-fascists. It is far better to avoid social media if you can, and certainly never to express any opinions in such places. Twitter has been called an online asylum for the terminally narcissistic (incidentally by a columnist who has recently become a target of the Stop Funding Hate campaign which it seems to me is entirely about spreading if not hate then certainly division), and it certainly is that, although that is the least of the nasty things about it. Facebook has become so politicised of late that blocking all of the 'Tories are scum' and 'Corbyn is a commie' posts has left almost nothing to see. The period of the US presidential elections was even worse, now I come to think of it. If my relatives were not scattered all over the planet I would delete my account. I admit I do look at Twitter on a daily basis; it's a kind of masochism
So I leave winding the nutters up to the experts with the carapaces and nerves of steel. It's safer, although rather cowardly, that way.