Will Poulter has announced that he is taking a “step back” from Twitter and reassessing his “relationship with social media” following abuse from online trolls.
Will Poulter previously starred in 'The Maze Runner', 'We're the Millers' and 'The Little Stranger'. He currently co-stars in the 'Black Mirror' episode that everyone's talking about - 'Bandersnatch'.
The interactive episode asks its viewers at various points to make decisions which affect the storyline. It debuted on Netflix last Friday.
Our reviewer Brian Lloyd called it "a masterpiece", finding it "layered and strung together with such style and panache that it's kind of breathtaking". (Read the review in full here)
Fionn Whitehead ('Dunkirk') is the lead, an aspiring video game designer who is adapting a “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel. Poulter plays a more experienced programmer named Colin Ritman.
Poulter released a statement on Twitter yesterday that reads:
"In light of my recent experiences, I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter."
He offered a "heartfelt" thank you to viewers who watched 'Bandersnatch', adding: "I accept all criticisms and it’s been a delight to learn that so many of you enjoyed what many people worked very hard to produce!"
He continued: "As we all know there is a balance to be struck in our engagements with social media. There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best avoided. It's a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media."
He also wrote:
"I don’t want to appear unappreciative of all the amazing support I have received online for which I am genuinely so grateful."
Poulter said he will on occasion use the platform to support charities and organisations such as Anti-Bullying Pro.
Signing off the note with a 'Bandersnatch' reference, he concluded: "This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path."
With love... pic.twitter.com/JSm7oNLTsV
— Will Poulter (@PoulterWill) January 2, 2019
Poulter’s 'Detroit' co-star John Boyega expressed his support for Poulter’s decision to leave the platform. He tweeted: "Best thing you can do mate, well done."
Best thing you can do mate 👍🏾 well done
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) January 2, 2019
Boyega was previously vocal against trolls abusing and harassing 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' co-star Kelly Marie Tran.
Other stars that have previously quit or taken social media breaks after abuse on the platform include Ruby Rose and Ariana Grande. Pete Davidson, Millie Bobby Brown, Cardi B, Armie Hammer and Ed Sheeran have also been among the victims.