Ricky Gervais has responded to the criticisms he received after he took to Twitter to joke about the leaked nude photos of Hollywood actresses posted by an iCloud hacker on 4chan.
"Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer," Gervais tweeted and later on deleted.
Prior to this, Gervais was declared the most influential tweeter in London based by a study that analyzed 1.1 million London-based Twitter accounts and measured how many times tweeters' posts were retweeted, favourited, mentioned and replied to, London Evening Standard reported.
Gervais' apparent power on Twitter, however, did not save him from being bashed after his tweet about the controversial leaked nudes, which he followed up with another tweeted he also later on deleted saying, "Dear easily offended people, don't be. Hope that helps. Have a great day."
On Labor Day, Gervais defended himself through a series of tweets.
"Making a joke about a thing doesn't mean you condone that thing," he tweeted.
He added "the hackers are 100% to blame but you can still makes jokes about it. Jokes don't portray your true serious feelings on a subject."
"It's more important to spend your energy trying to stop actual bad things than to run around trying to stop jokes about bad things," he also wrote.
After investigating the leaked nudes involving Hollywood actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Becca Tobin among others, Apple claimed "none of the cases has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone."
In a media Advisory issued to Business Wire, Apple "advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification" in order to "protect against this type of attack."
Meanwhile, while he is the most influential tweeter in London, Gervais was not familiar to English professional footballer Raheem Sterling, ESPN has learned.
When Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers joked about Ricky Villa and Gervais, Sterling said, "I didn't understand what the gaffer said when I was first told about it. But then I typed both names into Google, so now I know."
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