Rachel Riley, the Countdown presenter, has joined a celebrity campaign to “silence” social media trolls after receiving anti-semitic abuse online.
The 33-year-old has been vocal in her criticism of the Labour Party for its failure to root out anti-semitism, triggering an onslaught of abuse from Jeremy Corbyn’s diehard followers.
Earlier this year, she instructed a lawyer to sue 70 people for libel or harassment after they allegedly targeted her online with abuse.
She has now joined a group of television stars, politicians and campaigners who will call for “abhorrent” comments online to be muted, reported or handed to the police if necessary.
They hope to starve online trolls of attention and a wider audience by not publicising their tweets further.
Gary Lineker, the former England international, and Richard Osman, the co-host of Pointless on the BBC, are among those backing the campaign.
It follows a report published by a new charity, the Centre for Countering Digital Hate, called Don’t Feed the Trolls.
It found neo-Nazi groups in America had encouraged supporters to target public figures to widen their exposure.
The report, published on Sunday, contains excerpts from a playbook produced by the US neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer, advising that the best way to gain “media attention and general infamy” is “to troll public figures and get them to whine about it”.
It points to a quote tweeted by Labour MP David Lammy which increased his abuser’s own popularity.
The abuser had accused the politician of not being “indigenous English”.