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article imageTwitter Glitter account is false but child abuse message is real

By Gemma Fox     Jan 20, 2012 in World
When a Twitter account appeared seemingly belonging to convicted paedophile Gary Glitter the Internet community was enraged. Now it seems it was just an experiment.
Regular Twitter users will acknowledge that sites which are aimed to enrage people often appear and today was no exception. Today the Twitter site @OfficialGlitter appeared and created a storm.
Claiming to be Gary Glitter and announcing that there would be a new album and a new tour of the UK as well as an autobiography, the user received as many congratulatory Tweets as it did negative.
However, the account has now been revealed to be an experiment.
A post from a Tumblr user claiming to be behind the @OfficialGlitter site has emerged and it claims that the last 48 hours has been a social experiment.
The post begins:
If you’re reading this, you’re obviously here because of the @OfficialGlitter Twitter account.
Firstly, let me say that this account does not belong to convicted paedophile Gary Glitter. I am deeply disgusted by what Gary Glitter has done in his life and am not condoning, making light of or glorifying child abuse. His crimes are unforgivable and chilling.
I set this twitter account up as a social experiment to highlight the dangers and safety of children using the social networking sites and to discover and question public morality. It’s been an interesting and eye-opening experience for me and I will now explain myself.
Gary Glitter was born in 1944 as Paul Francis Gadd. He was found guilty of possession of child pornography in 1999. Later, in Vietnam he was found to have been guilty of molesting minors. He returned to the UK.
The person behind the @OfficialGlitter site has made this an experiment. The owner hopes that the initial shock of the site and the preceding response will kick start a reaction that will highlight the dangers the Internet for those who are vulnerable or not experienced enough to use it.
The owner wrote to the UK Government on Tumblr:
I hope this has highlighted the flaws with human rights protecting the rights of registered sex offenders whilst also putting our children at risk by allowing (what could have been) a real sex offender on twitter. If sex offenders are so limited in the “real world”, why are there no laws prohibiting what they can and can’t do on in the “digital” world. Something must be done.
Whether you have children or not, this experiment reveals that without controls, anyone can access the Internet and without regulation.
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