Stephen Fry quits Twitter due to safety fears

'I’m in a place whence I’ve been advised it is safest not to tweet,’ the actor and prolific social media commentator said today

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Stephen Fry is one of Twitter’s most followed – and cherished – individuals.

So fans of the actor’s witty puns, intellectual musings and calls to humanitarian arms will be disappointed to learn that he’s decided to quit the social media network.

In a final tweet farewell to followers, Fry announced his Twitter retirement until December, because he is currently filming “in a place whence I've been advised it is safest not to tweet”.

The tweet not only piqued the morose attention of Fry’s followers, but also from Star Wars fanatics, who wildly began to speculate whether he could be shooting scenes for the forthcoming Episode VII.

“You're either filming in Parliament or a football club dressing room then. Good luck, see you in December,” another follower hypothesised.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s taken a break from the channel.

 

In 2009 he threatened to leave Twitter for good because he felt there was “too much aggression and unkindness around”.

 

He took a temporary few hours break after revelations, detailed in his memoir More Fool Me, about taking cocaine in Buckingham Palace, the House of Lords, House of Commons, Windsor Castle and Clarence House first hit the headlines in September.


 

His confession spawned mixed reactions, as some called for his arrest on drugs charges.

The biggest reaction, however, came from Fry himself.

Speaking to Evan Davies on BBC Newsnight about the “huge moral difference” between historical drug use and historical cases of sexual abuse.

“If people think I should be arrested for historical drug abuse, that's fine. I'm the only person I hurt,” he said.

“I do personally see a huge moral difference between invading somebody's physical space, raping them, groping them against their will, having sex with when they're under age, and me feeding my face with stuff that did me harm.”

He went on to spark further controversy by implying that girls of 14 who had sex with rock stars wouldn’t have called themselves victims, because they were proud of it.

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