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Jason Manford, 40, has spoken exclusively to Express.co.uk about how he deals with criticism on social media. The comedian revealed how he was left amused after realising the hateful comments Meghan Markle has endured online are from very few sources.
It just shows it’s really minimal.
Jason said that hurtful comments online do not bother him as “there’s always going to be someone that doesn’t like you”.
In the candid conversation he revealed that social media is a “modern mental health pandemic” with the creators not expecting this outcome years later.
He continued: “The thing that made me laugh recently was they realised that one hundred per cent of all the negative Meghan Markle comments were from about 70 accounts, or 70 people.
“It just shows it’s really minimal.”
Further showing this, Bot Sentinel, a free platform using Al to analyse data, studied a sample of 114,000 tweets written about Meghan and husband Prince Harry since January 2020.
The analysis identified 55 accounts that were used to spread negative content about Meghan and 28 secondary accounts that “amplified” the main account.
The Bot Sentinel report explained: “The accounts we were monitoring did not confine their hatred to Twitter.
“They would often tweet links to private blogs, Instagram accounts, and YouTube channels predominantly focused on Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
Commenting on the findings, Bot Sentinel CEO Christopher Bouzy said: “There’s no motive. Are these people who hate her? Is it racism? Are they trying to hurt [Harry and Meghan’s] credibility? Your guess is as good as ours.”
Explaining to Express.co.uk why he is so opinionated online, Jason continued: “You’ve got a view on something and that’s your opinion, and you want to say something.
“It’s your right as much as it is for someone to disagree with me.”
Jason is currently promoting his latest hosting role fronting The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals in 2022.
Speaking about the event, he said: “It’s from the National Lottery and they’ve done it as a thank you, essentially, to the theatres as they have been hit the hardest out of most industries [by the pandemic].
“We were the first ones to be cancelled and the last ones to come back, and we’ve been on this constant ‘will they, won’t they’ ever since really.
“There are actually hundreds of thousands in front of house and ensemble and crew who are not getting paid incredible amounts.
“So it’s a bit of a thank you to them really.”
Jason has a musical background himself, having taken part in the UK’s first season of The Masked Singer.
When his mask was taken off, many were shocked, even though he believes his true fans knew it was him.
About the show, he said: “It’s a funny one as anyone who knows me not just personally but my fans and those who have followed me all know I can sing. I have four musicals, I’ve had an album, I’ve done all this stuff.
“But obviously the general public, everybody else, it was a real shock and I think that really played to my strengths really.”
The first 7,000 tickets released for The National Lottery’s Big Night Of Musicals have already been claimed but a further 3,000 tickets will be available from 9am on January 7 here: www.BigNightOfMusicals.Com
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