Simon Pegg: I quit Twitter because it felt like a war zone

Actor Simon Pegg poses for photographers as he arrives for the UK premiere of Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation, at the BFI IMax in central London, Saturday, July 25, 2015, which will be screened simultaneously in 14 screens across the UK. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Simon Pegg quit Twitter. (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Simon Pegg has revealed that he quit Twitter because it felt like a "war zone".

The Mission: Impossible actor, 52, used to be on the platform but came off it a while ago because he thought the "discourse had started to degrade".

However, Pegg hasn't ditched all social media.

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He told presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain that he has stayed on Instagram because it feels nicer.

"I did leave Twitter," the star said. "I like Instagram, that seems quite a nice place.

"But yes, Twitter just felt like a war zone to me."

He went on: "The discourse had started to degrade slightly. I hadn’t had any problems on there, it wasn’t like I was getting any kind of trolling specifically.

"But I just felt like, I want to leave this party."

As the hosts chuckled, he explained: "You know where you get to that point in a party and everyone is a little too drunk, and some arguments have started and you think I’m going to go home now?

"That’s what I did."

Simon Pegg stars in the <em>Mission: Impossible</em> movies with Tom Cruise. (Paramount Pictures)
Simon Pegg stars in the Mission: Impossible movies with Tom Cruise. (Paramount Pictures)

Pegg quit Twitter in 2014, telling fans on his website at the time: "As Paul McCartney once said, hello, goodbye.

"Rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. Truth is, I’ve decided to give Twitter a break for the time being. If you’re reading this, you may be looking for an explanation as to why, so here it is.

"I haven’t been enjoying it for a while now.

Simon Pegg attending the Mission: Impossible Fallout premiere at the BFI Imax, Waterloo, London.
The actor prefers Instagram. (PA)

"There hasn’t been a specific incident and the reasons are various.

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"Ultimately, I think we’ve just grown apart. What I’m saying is, it’s not you, it’s me."

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