Naga Munchetty says she has 'assertive way' of dealing with online abuse

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Naga Munchetty attends the Attitude Pride Awards 2018 at The Berkeley Hotel on July 6, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Naga Munchetty attends the Attitude Pride Awards 2018 in London, England. (David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Naga Munchetty has said she “won’t put up with” trolls on social media and has an “assertive” way of dealing with them.

The BBC Breakfast host was in conversation with author Matt Haig as she filled in for Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday.

Speaking about how she deals with negative comments on Twitter, Munchetty said: "I have rather, shall we say, an assertive way, of dealing with people who abuse me on Twitter."

"I don't like it, I won’t put up with it," she added, noting that people "say anything" on the social media platform that they "would never say to your face".

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"Not that I'm inviting anyone to say anything horrible to my face in real life, just don't say anything horrible to me," said Munchetty, 45.

Naga Munchetty arrives at MediaCityUK in Salford to host BBC Breakfast for the first time since she was at the centre of an impartiality row over her criticism of Donald Trump. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Naga Munchetty arrives at MediaCityUK in Salford to host BBC Breakfast. (Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

Recently the presenter found herself being praised for her handling of someone dishing out online abuse.

In a now-deleted tweet, a troll called "Paul" was said to have criticised a pair of silver shoes she had worn that morning on BBC Breakfast.

In response, she messaged: "1. Add a picture of yourself to your Twitter profile,” she said.

“2. Think about what you Tweet before you write. 3. I'll leave you to guess this one.”

Last year, Munchetty made comments about Donald Trump that stirred up a storm at the BBC.

During a discussion on BBC Breakfast about the US president telling several congresswomen to "go back" to their own countries, she said that “every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism”.

The broadcaster initially partially upheld a complaint against the presenter, saying she had breached editorial guidelines, before director-general Tony Hall reversed the decision.

Munchetty was supported by numerous high-profile figures prior to the overturning of the decision.

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