AceShowbiz - J.K. Rowling has called out Twitter after she received a threatening message over her support for controversial author Salman Rushdie. The British author has questioned the company's guidelines after Twitter ignored her plea for support.
Rowling recently reacted to the Friday, August 12 attack on Rushdie. "Horrifying news," she tweeted after hearing the news. "Feeling very sick right now. Let him be OK." One Twitter user then replied to her, "Don't worry you are next."
Rowling then reported the said user to Twitter. "any chance of some support," she wrote to the company. However, instead of supporting the author, the company told her that no action would be taken because they found no violations.
"After reviewing the available information, we determined that there were no violations of the Twitter rules in the content you reported," read Twitter's response to Rowling's complaint. "We appreciate your help, and encourage you to reach out again in the future if you see any potential violations."
Rowling then tweeted back to Twitter, "These are your guidelines, right?" pointing out the company's rules of the acts of "violence" and "terrorism/violent extremism."
Meanwhile, police in Scotland are taking the matter more seriously. The authorities have conducted an investigation over the threat, with a spokesperson for Scotland's police saying, "We have received a report of an online threat being made and officers are carrying out enquiries."
Warner Bros. Discovery has also spoken out against the threat. "Warner Bros. Discovery strongly condemns the threats made against JK Rowling," the entertainment giant said on Sunday. "We stand with her and all the authors, storytellers and creators who bravely express their creativity and opinions. WBD believes in freedom of expression, peaceful discourse and supporting those who offer their views in the public arena. Our thoughts are with Sir Salman Rushdie and his family following the senseless act of violence in New York. The company strongly condemns any form of threat, violence or intimidation when opinions, beliefs and thoughts might differ."
Neil Blair, Chairman of The Blair Partnership, Rowling's literary agency, said in a statement, "Any threat or act of violence against authors, writers and storytellers is abhorrent and unconscionable. I believe in freedom of speech and stand in firm solidarity with J.K. Rowling and all writers against any threat of violence. My thoughts are with Sir Salman Rushdie and his family at this time."
Rowling has since thanked those who have been showing support to her. "To all sending supportive messages: thank you," she tweeted on Saturday, confirming, "Police are involved (were already involved on other threats)."