The Guernsey Party has explained the rationale behind its decision to make its Twitter account private and to focus more on other social media platforms, following backlash to recent posts.
"Our Twitter page is now “protected” and is only open to persons approved by us. The purpose of the Twitter account is simply to keep our many supporters and the local mainstream media updated regarding our announcements and activities.
Any parties who are unable to access our Twitter account can still view our Facebook account and website. Unfortunately, this does mean that if you are an anonymous follower of our Twitter account we may unintentionally block you. This is purely because we don’t know who you are. Please message us on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply to be able to view the Twitter account.
Why are we changing our Twitter policy?
Unfortunately, it has become apparent that there are a small number of members of the Twitter community whose sole objective appears to be to collectively attack every single tweet of ours with vitriol. Some of these are bitter ex-deputies who lost their seats at the 2020 election and who will never be remotely supportive of The Guernsey Party, as a centre-right party.
The Guernsey Party will clearly never win the votes of those with forceful left-wing views and that’s absolutely fine. We genuinely wish them well but the Party was not formed with them in mind.
However, we do not have either the time or inclination to spend hours on Twitter trying to counter their views, which clash so much with the policies that we openly stand for, when it is so evident that healthy, respectful debate will not happen.
So we are going to simply avoid the pointless noise and unwelcome distraction and instead focus on matters which will be far more productive in trying to serve the electorate and improve the Island for the rest of this term and beyond.