Police take no action over tweet revealing JK Rowling’s home

A tweet identifying JK Rowling's Edinburgh home will not be treated as a criminal, police say (Yui Mok/PA)

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A tweet identifying JK Rowling’s Edinburgh home will not be treated as a criminal, police say (Yui Mok/PA)

A tweet posted by trans activists targeting JK Rowling will not be treated as a criminal, Police Scotland said.

The Harry Potter author contacted officials after activists released a photo of her Edinburgh home in November that revealed the address of the property.

Among them were trans activists standing by the house holding placards with slogans such as “Trans Liberation Now.”

Ms Rowling, who has been criticized for her views on transgender people and sex, said the photo made her a victim of “doxxing” – the act of publishing private personal information about an individual or entity, usually online, so that others could they can absorb action.

On Monday, Police Scotland confirmed that investigations had been carried out and no crime had been found.

At the time, the 56-year-old author tweeted the activist, saying: “I have to assume so [they] thought doxxing myself would stop me from advocating for women’s gender rights.

“You should have thought about the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats that I could paper the whole house with them and I haven’t stopped speaking out.

“Maybe, and I’m just throwing this out there, the best way to prove your movement is not a threat to women is to stop stalking, harassing, and threatening us.”

The activists deleted the photo a day after it was published.

They said the decision was made after receiving “serious and threatening transphobic messages.”


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