The Twitter account claiming to belong to Gary Glitter has announced a comeback album from the disgraced star later this year.
The account Twitter.com/OfficialGlitter, which is still yet to be verified, wrote this afternoon: “You’ve been waiting for it. I’m pleased to announce my comeback album will be called “Still Shining”. Out later in the year!”
The account also said yesterday (January 19) that the singer was planning to release an autobiography and undertake a world tour. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted in 1999 of possession of child pornography and served four months in prison. After his release, he relocated to Vietnam, where he was subsequently convicted of a string of child sexual abuse offences.
The account, which now comes with the message: ” The Official Twitter of Gary Glitter. Managed and updated by me. The leader. New album #StillShining, coming soon!”, has yet to respond to NME‘s request for a comment.
Online speculation has suggested that the account may well be a hoax, but there is actually no legal barrier to stop Glitter from running a Twitter account.
While Facebook’s rules explicitly state that no registered sex offenders are allowed to be members of the social networking site, Twitter does not have such a rule. Though the site makes it clear in its rules and regulations that it has a zero tolerance policy toward either the promotion or hosting of child pornography, it does not state that registered sex offenders cannot be members of the site.
NME also made inquiries to the Home Office press office earlier today about the online restrictions which are can be placed upon registered sex offenders and was told that the police cannot ban anyone from using the internet as it would “violate their human rights” and any online monitoring of registered sex offenders by police was carried out on a “case by case basis”.