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Social media played a part: Hodgman

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Will Hodgman (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

The toll of social media attacks played a part in outgoing Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman's decision to step away from politics after six years in the top job.

The Liberal leader yesterday announced his shock resignation, citing a desire to spend more time with his wife Nicki and three children Will, James and Lily.

He revealed his family had been "roped into" online political attacks.

"There's no doubt these days with social media, which is pervasive, there can be impacts through what I do, how it's reported," Mr Hodgman said.

"We've always done what we can to ensure our kids are protected and supported."

"I make no complaints and nor do I suggest they have been negatively impacted by all this, but it would be wrong to not say it also does take its toll," he said.

The 50-year-old grew up in a political family with both his father and grandfather serving in state parliament but believes times have changed.