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Demi Lovato and Rihanna are the Most-Trolled Artists on Twitter: Study

Demi Lovato. with short hair, at a red carpet event
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Being in the public eye means you have to have thick skin, especially in the social media age. Actors, musicians, artists, influencers, politicians and CEOs share their lives on social media, making these celebrities feel more accessible than ever before — but it also opens the door to public scrutiny, name-calling and hate.

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While some may say it comes with the territory of stepping into the spotlight, it’s important to understand that celebrities are human, too, and they aren’t immune to mental health issues. Demi Lovato, who appears on one of these lists, commented at the 2019 Teen Vogue Summit on how they feel about being a human punching bag on social media. “I’m so tired of pretending I’m not human. When you say stuff, it affects me. I try not to look, but I see it,” Lovato admitted.

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A recent study from TechShielder reveals which celebrities are the biggest targets of social media trolling by analyzing more than 35,000 tweets in which the most popular celebs are tagged. Each tweet was assigned a sentiment: positive, negative or neutral. So, who’s the most-trolled star on Twitter? None other than the always-controversial TV personality, Piers Morgan. See the full list below: 

The most-trolled celebrities on Twitter:

  1. Piers Morgan
  2. Tim Cook
  3. Joe Biden
  4. Kamala Harris
  5. Barack Obama
  6. Jimmy Fallon
  7. Boris Johnson
  8. Demi Lovato
  9. Kristen Bell
  10. Tom Holland
  11. Rihanna
  12. Jennifer Lopez
  13. Dwayne Johnson
  14. Shakira
  15. Miley Cyrus

Now, let’s break this down by musicians and actors. These artists are propelled into stardom through their music, movies or TV shows, making them highly visible and an open target for the trolls.

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The most-trolled musicians on Twitter:

  1. Demi Lovato
  2. Rihanna
  3. Jennifer Lopez
  4. Shakira
  5. Miley Cyrus
  6. Billie Eilish
  7. Bruno Mars
  8. Britney Spears
  9. Drake
  10. Lady Gaga

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The most-trolled actors on Twitter:

  1. Kristen Bell
  2. Tom Holland
  3. Dwayne Johnson
  4. Tom Cruise
  5. Tom Hiddleston
  6. Leonardo DiCaprio
  7. Emma Watson
  8. Tom Hanks
  9. Zendaya
  10. Ryan Reynolds

It’s not all mean tweets, though — people use social media to show love to their favourite celebs as well. Here’s a few artists who feel the love from their adoring fans:

The most “loved” artists on social media

  1. BTS (73 per cent of tweets are positive)
  2. Selena Gomez (64 per cent)
  3. Justin Timberlake (57 per cent)
  4. Harry Styles (57 per cent)
  5. Niall Horan (54 per cent) 

If there’s one thing we can take from this, it’s a reminder to be kind.


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