The mystery author of a hoax Gary Glitter Twitter account has explained their actions in a blog post, claiming that the initiative was intended to act as a “social experiment” into public perception of paedophiles online.
Glitter, despite his convictions, retains the right to own a computer and browse the web, a fact which the author describes as “chilling”.
Pointing out that Twitter presently has no age requirement and lax enforcement of a 13 year rule on Facebook the @OfficialGlitter account illustrated the “sickening” possibility of a sex offender viewing profiles of young children.
A roll call of famous faces that swallowed the bait included Frankie Boyle, who tweeted to ‘Glitter’: “Hi Gary. Would you say it’s you or the captain of the Concordia that’s f***** more people in international waters.”
Even Piers Morgan got in on the act with an ill advised tweet, posting an image of him alongside Glitter along with the message: “Oh-oh. I’m being followed by @OfficialGlitter – and he knows I used to be in his gang.