JK Rowling: Social media is a gift for people who want to behave in a bad way

JK Rowling described social media as “a gift to people who want to behave in a bad way”, after facing online threats.

Alice began investigating earlier this month after the 57-year-old Harry Potter author was sent a threatening message on Twitter when she posted in support of Sir Salman Rushdie.

She shared a screenshot of a message from a user who wrote “don’t worry you’re next” in response to her tweet about the Indian-American author who was stabbed on stage in New York State.

Speaking to Graham Norton on Virgin Radio UK, Rowling talked about whether she can do anything to ease the stress of online conflict.

“I think on a level where I’m not sure I can do it,” she said. I’m not sure any individual can. I try and behave online like I want others to behave.

“I would never want to… Obviously I never threatened anyone and I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to come to their house or anything like that.

“Social media can be a lot of fun and I love the pub debate aspect of it. That can be a fun thing to do. But without a doubt, social media is a gift for people who want to behave in a bad way.”

Rowling, who has been criticized for her views on transgender and biological sex, has previously spoken out about being the subject of social media threats by activists.

Last year, her address was posted online by campaigners, who posted outside her home with signs reading “Transgender liberated now”.

Talking about her social media use, Rowling said: “I actually took a break from Twitter for a whole year, or quite a while, and then when Covid hit…

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“I really didn’t go back to the pub brawl stuff. I came back to it because I wanted to do The Ickabog – so it’s a children’s book for those who don’t know yet. And so I want to release it for free and Twitter is a really good place (where to do so).

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“So I went back to doing The Ickabog and now I have a little love/hate it.

“I can happily go for a few days without going into a pub scuffle.”

Rowling was featured in the 20th anniversary special of the recent Harry Potter reunion, but only in archival video clips.

She told Norton she turned down the offer to appear because the show focused on movies, not books.

She said: “I was asked to participate in that and I decided I didn’t want to do it. It’s more about the movies than the books.

“Absolutely true, that’s what anniversaries are about. I was asked to do it and I decided not to.”

Rowling’s views on transgender issues have drawn criticism from some of Potter’s stars, including Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe.

When asked if she has spoken to any of the actors, she replied: “Yes, I have. Some more than others but that is always the case. Some I know better than others. “

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