Hillary Clinton Mobbed by Twitter Trolls After Opening Her Direct Messages

“If you think I did not slide into Hillary Clinton’s DMs last night, you would be wrong,” says National Review writer Alexandra DeSanctis

Hillary Clinton invited some less-than-friendly attention on Monday after she decided to open her Twitter direct messages to all users.

While the social media platform’s default settings only allow users who both follow each other to send messages, individual users can choose to open their inbox to receive messages from the general public. It’s a common move for journalists looking for news tips, but can be dicier for major public figures like Clinton.

The former secretary of state learned that on Monday evening and Tuesday as a number of trolls messaged her and said whatever was on their minds.

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It’s unclear what prompted Clinton to open her direct messages. Request for comment on the situation by TheWrap to the former presidential candidate — via direct message was not responded to.

The moment is reminiscent of a similar situation that ex-FBI director James Comey faced after he opened his DMs when he first joined Twitter. Comey quickly closed his DMs after he faced a barrage of his own.

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