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Adele’s newborn baby targeted by death threats on Twitter

Soul diva Adele and her new baby boy have been the subject of malicious online attacks this week with a barrage of internet trolls suggesting the singer’s newborn will be fat, disabled and even killed at the hands of his mother.

It appears that most of these hateful comments come from young Twitter users, such as “Vanessa Bieber”, 12, who tweeted to 4000 followers, “Aw Adele gave birth to a baby. Is it fat and handicapped lol? Just murder it already lol”.

Others followed along the same lines, with hundreds of variations on "Adele was pregnant? I thought she was fat" surfacing and circulating just minutes after the birth was confirmed at the weekend.

Adele, 24, and partner Simon Konecki, 38, are yet to comment on their exciting new arrival, or the online backlash.

Making fun of the sad nature of her lyrics, many “joked” that the songwriter would have plenty of material for more heartbreaking songs if she suffered post-natal depression or if the baby died. Some even went as far as sending death threats if she were to choose their favourite name for her son. Yikes!

More well-thought out jibes came from users like @outrageousM: “How Lady Gaga has not yet made a public appearance wearing a hat made out of Adele's placenta is beyond me”. Another popular tweet was, “I wonder if adele's baby was planned or it just turned up out of the blue uninvited”.

It’s okay to have some light-hearted fun, but it was the spiteful, ignorant and dangerous comments that seemed to attract all the attention, which begs the question, should there be tougher rules or harsher age restrictions for online forums such as Twitter? Have your say below.

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