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Star Jones clarifies Paris Jackson jibe: 'Social media are dangerous'

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Star Jones has clarified her recent criticism of Michael Jackson's teenage daughter Paris Jackson.

The Today legal analyst initially chided Paris when the teenager complained on Twitter about her grandmother Katherine Jackson's alleged disappearance. Katherine was later revealed to be in Arizona and ultimately returned home to California.

Star Jones

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Paris Jackson

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Jones also took issue with a reported altercation between Paris and her aunt Janet Jackson, where Janet allegedly slapped her niece after being asked to leave the Jackson family home.

Today presenter Jones initially tweeted: "Somebody PLEASE take @parisjackson phone! She's a CHILD So STOP it.

"I have 8 aunts...and if I was "tweeting" our family info that's being used for TABLOID fodder ONLY! They'd check me with a quickness."

Jones has now posted a lengthy Twitter message to express her belief that social media is actually hurtful to Paris's cause.

Prince Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II, Paris Jackson, Justin Bieber and Katherine Jackson at the Michael Jackson handprint ceremony, Los Angeles, America - 26 Jan 2012

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She wrote: "Let me be clear: any child who is being emotionally and/or physically abused needs to shout it to the rooftops to people who can help. I DO NOT however believe that #twitter or any other social media is that forum for a vulnerable child.

"It is EXPLOITIVE and DANGEROUS...Exposing oneself to the scrutiny, criticism and evaluation of anonymous adults on social media does not help; in fact it can hurt tremendously."

Jones concluded: "Social Media is not a place of safety, security or most importantly LEGAL RECOURSE for a vulnerable child; no matter how famous.

"Don't care if you like me or don't like me...I have advocated for children and the law for over 25 years. That's my agenda; WHAT'S YOURS?"

Today (August 1), Janet Jackson's lawyer denied that she ever struck Paris or called her niece a "spoiled bitch. The attorney also threatened legal action against the initial source of the story.

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