Tuesday 27 September 2016

Loose Women star reports One Direction fans to police after being targeted with threatening and abusive tweets

Published 17/01/2016 | 13:15

Harry Styles of One Direction
Harry Styles of One Direction

Loose Women panelist Saira Khan has reported One Direction fans to police after receiving abusive, threatening and racist tweets.

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Khan received the tirade of abuse after she tweeted band member Harry Styles to thank him for saying 'hi' whilst at ITV studios and also inviting him on to the show.

Fans have accused Khan of "objectifying a 21-year-old man" for her tweets, the first of which read, "Hey @Harry_Styles thanks for saying hi today at Kenwood House whilst I was filming the @itvMLshow - it made my day. You are a sweetheart xx".

She also tweeted, "Whilst I'm at it @Harry_Styles will you come and speak to us on @loosewomen soon?? Please? If you don't ask you don't get -"

The tweets to Styles prompted a barrage of abusive responses from 1D fans including one which referred to Khan as like "cancer" and saying she had HIV.

Saira has since shared a list of tweets she received in response to her initial tweets and other posts she made in which she said she had printed off all the abusive tweets and reported them to the police.

Many contain extremely offensive language.

The presenter did tweet her thanks to the rest of the One Direction fandom for not taking trolling her and some of those fans expressed their support for her and embarrassment about the trolls.

In a statement about the incident, Khan said, "I know that I’m being trolled by teenagers – but their language is distressing and being bombarded with it all at once is hard to ignore. 

"Coming out and exposing it to others is something I am compelled to do- I want to warn other parents and children about what Twitter can expose you to. Twitter is useless in addressing trolls and young people are warned by others not to “grass” or “snitch” if you experience trolling."]

She added, "As a parent I feel it is my responsibility and my duty to report this and raise its awareness. I can’t just sit by and ignore this. It’s too big a problem. I also know that many parents are totally unaware of what their children are doing online and I think it’s important for them to sit them down and tell them what is acceptable and what is not."

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