J.K. Rowling Received Death Threat After Salman Rushdie Stabbing, Twitter Fails to Act

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Author J.K. Rowling was subject to an online death threat after expressing her shock at the attack of author Salman Rushdie earlier this month.

“Horrifying news. Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok,” Rowling had written in response to the news that Rusdhie suffered stab wounds after a pro-Iran suspect rushed the stage at a speaking event in New York on Friday.

“Don’t worry you are next,” a Twitter user named Meer Asif Aziz wrote in response.

As The Irish Times reported, the user also posed tweets praising the man accused of attacking Rushdie, who has ignited ire in the Islamic world and Iran in particular over his writing, which has been deemed blasphemous, and his critique of religious extremism.

The Daily Mail reported that Aziz had expressed support for Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Rowling later tweeted out that the police had gotten involved and that Twitter had been contacted about the incident, but that the Big Tech platform had deemed the threat to be still consistent with its guidelines.

“After reviewing the available information, we determined that there were no violations of the Twitter rules in the content you reported. We appreciate your help, and encourage you to reach out again in the future if you see any potential violations,” Rowling was told by Twitter’s support team.

Rowling shot back by confirming: “These are your guidelines, right? ‘Violence: You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence… Terrorism/violent extremism: You may not threaten or promote terrorism’.”

Rushdie has faced death threats since 1989, The Christian Post noted, when the then-Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini placed a fatwa and $3 million bounty on his head over his book, “The Satanic Verses.”

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