Chris Friel is a politician in the Canadian province of Ontario. He was the mayor of Brantford from 1994 to 2003 and was re-elected to the same position in the 2010 municipal election.
"I have grown tired of being harassed and bullied on Twitter," Brantford Mayor Chris Friel wrote on the social-media site Wednesday afternoon.
Minutes later, Friel closed his Twitter account, @MayorChrisFriel. Go searching for it today and you'll find a generic Twitter page indicating the account doesn't exist.
Speaking Thursday, Friel said he's taking a hiatus from Twitter.
"I've had enough. It's been unending in the last three to four months," Friel said.
"It was a combination of things. Generally, it's a misunderstanding of something and then people go after you. Twitter lends itself to very terse statements and also a tendency to throw out statements without any validity. If you don't deal with it, it doesn't go away and it becomes a truth."
He said he felt the same way as when someone bullies him in person. In addition, Friel said his children and other youngsters follow his account and some messages sent to him aren't appropriate for that audience.
Various comments have reached this desk over the past year when Friel would block Twitter followers, preventing them from reading his messages or sending him a direct message. This behaviour drove them batty.
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