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How Donald Trump broke Twitter for ‘Full Frontal’ host Samantha Bee

Starting on Nov. 8, 2016, Bee says, her Twitter mentions became an “unbelievable torrent of hatred.”

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“Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee
“Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee
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The increasingly nasty tone of politics has made social media less fun for a lot of people. But if you think your Twitter feed is bad, try being late-night TV host Samantha Bee.

“On the night of the election, my social media feeds just took a horrible turn,” Bee said on the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, recorded live this week in New York City. “He [Trump] completely broke it for me. And it broke me as a person.”

Bee was being interviewed onstage alongside TBS President Kevin Reilly, who asked her, “That was hard for you, wasn’t it? We never really talked about it.”

“Oh my God,” Bee replied. “An unbelievable torrent of hated came at me in one night, and I really felt like there was danger in the air that I hadn’t really experienced before. So, over time, I stopped checking it at all.”

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Bee said she was sad to give up checking her mentions because it was a fun way to track reactions to her show on TBS, “Full Frontal,” which launched last year. However, she does still lurk on Twitter, even if she’s not posting or interacting with fans.

“My Twitter feed is very useful,” she said. “I’m on Twitter a lot, just for my own personal information. I don’t personally tweet that much anymore because I just don’t have time, and everything I have in my brain, I like to put it into the show, as opposed to spreading it all out. And I never, of course, check my mentions, which is unfortunate.”

And what if Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised to fix Twitter’s abuse problem? Would that change her mind and get her to start using Twitter more actively again?

“I doubt it, I don’t know,” Bee said. “I don’t really think it helps all that much to know people hate the show or love the show.”

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