A journalist for RTE has called on Twitter to crack down on “white supremacist” accounts, saying he is “scared” by the scale of the problem.
The journalist, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that while he would never criticise people for their views, he was concerned by the level of vitriol on the social media platform.
He said he had been approached by a number of people on Twitter, many of whom had “brought the word of a white supremacist” to him.
He added that while the vast majority of people he encountered were not involved in white supremacist activities, he said he did not agree with their views.
“I think it’s important to know what’s going on,” he said.
“The problem is that there are a lot of people who say that they are white supremacists and are doing it to further their cause, or they are doing that because they are in the business of being white supremacists.”
Mr McBride said he wanted to get rid of white supremacist accounts, but he was worried about how far this would go.
“It’s not just me and my wife who are scared,” he added.
“We’ve had calls from people telling us how they were going to kill us if we spoke out.”
So I don’t think it can go any further than that.
“And I think it is really important that people who have those views are also told not to do it.”
That would mean that if you did that, you’d be on the radar of the police.
“What I’m trying to say is that it is not OK to do that.
I want people to realise that this is the way it is.”
He added: “I don’t want to be a part of it.”
Mr McMurray said he was “deeply concerned” by how people were “engaging in the use of violence against journalists” and he felt “disappointed” that people “continue to do things”.
“I’m a professional journalist and I want to do my job,” he continued.
“But I am deeply concerned about the level at which that can happen and the way in which it has happened to us.”
The journalist said he hoped the “right to free speech” would be respected.
“When you start to have the level that it has now, I don