A teenager was bombarded with threats by jealous Justin Bieber fans after capturing his attention on Twitter, reports Daily Mail. Courtney Barrasford, 15, posted her review and Bieby retweeted it. Courtney, from Portsmouth, wrote: ‘Not really a fan of Justin Bieber but his acoustic album is really good!’
Courtney received hate-filled messages, some telling her to kill herself and calling her vile names. Bitter fans even circulated rumours she was pregnant with 19-year-old Bieber’s child. One girl, claiming to be a 12-year-old fan from the US, wrote: ‘Just tell her to die and leave Justin alone.’
Another said: ‘I am a Belieber of him since 2009 and he didn’t notice me. And you’re not even a f****** fan. You get noticed. OMG.’ A tweet to Bieber said: ‘U notice her n she’s not even a fan. I am but you won’t notice me Can anyone hear me crying?’
‘So far things hadn’t got to me. But then they started saying I was pregnant with his child, and that my child would be a prostitute.’ The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is dedicated to protecting children online: ‘Social networks online are an increasingly important part of young people’s lives. They take risks online, perhaps more so than in the real world, as the computer screen provides the illusion of anonymity and safety.
Sometimes young people post without considering the consequences. It’s important they know what to do when something goes wrong. In the first instance they should flag up offensive comments through the site’s reporting page. Children can also access support through the charity BeatBullying, by phoning ChildLine or by reporting inappropriate sexual comments to CEOP.’