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Having read this morning’s press on the reaction to JK Rowling’s donation, I want to make it clear that I have nothing but contempt for those who posted some of the stuff that’s been quoted. Social media can do great things, but when it’s abused by cretins, it can be anti-social in the extreme. A few years ago, I was on the end of some of that stuff, courtesy of that mighty organ, the Daily Mail; I reported it to the police straight away. My only regret was in my inability to sue the Mail for providing the platform. This morning I’ve edited a comment on this blog. There was nothing obscene about it, and most likely it was tongue in cheek, but I felt that it crossed a line. Recently the courts have started cracking down on cyber-abusers. That’s a good start, but if they could find the facilitators equally guilty, by association, that would be even better.

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  1. June 12, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I agree Quintin. Surely publishers (whether newspapers, tv or the social media sites that publish the original story) should be as responsible for any comments on their stories as they are for the printed and spoken word. They have the facility to delete comments, but many are not exercising that right and should be held to account.

  2. Sue Woods
    June 12, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I fear that the ‘sit in their bedroom and feel powerful’ internet idiots will have a field day over the next three months and the politicians will deny any connection with the ones attacking the other side while holding their opponents responsible for the ones attacking them.
    Meanwhile ordinary members of the public will get fed up with both sides and could end up not even bothering to vote.

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