A TWEETER involved in a social media storm between JK Rowling and Glasgow MP Natalie McGarry has apologised and made a donation to the Harry Potter author’s children’s charity.

The tweeter's apology came as Ms Rowling threatened legal action after publicly criticising Ms McGarry for accusing her on social media of supporting a “misogynist Twitter troll” and coming up with “false evidence” made up of a cut and paste picture of a social media interaction.

The 50-year-old writer repeatedly challenged the MP to explain how she has "defended misogyny and abuse" in the a social media row that lasted six hours.

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Ms McGarry's online accusations came about after she discovered Ms Rowling conversing with the tweeter she claimed was a troll.

Ms Rowling had sent a "you're a good man" message to the tweeter in response to saying he had said he had contributed to the writer's children's charity Lumos.

During the online row, another tweeter Alan Ferrier from Edinburgh had tweeted a picture made up of screen grabs of an offensive tweet by the donor with two complimentary tweets relating to different interactions from Ms Rowling tacked on.   That included the "good man" tweet.

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The offensive tweet said: "Imagine a p***k. Then multiply said p***k by the power of c**t, smear it in diarrhea and decorate with Eck's pu**s."

The picture came with a message: "The accusation was that you engage with, defend and compliment abusive trolls."

An identical composite picture was immediately passed onto Ms Rowling by Ms McGarry as the writer called for the MP to prove her accusation.

Ms Rowling said the cut and paste screenshot misrepresented her interaction with the donor and was "false evidence".

In a heated Twitter row on Thursday night, she further questioned Ms McGarry: "Is it your view that if person A interacts with person B on Twitter, they must be 'supportive' of B's every tweet?."

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Mr Ferrier later tweeted an apology and said he had made a donation of his own to Lumos and to the pro-independence campaign group Women For Independence.

Ms McGarry resigned the SNP party whip last November after police named her as part of their investigation into allegations that £30,000 of donations had gone missing from WFI. Ms McGarry, who co-founded WFI in 2012, denied any wrongdoing.

Mr Ferrier tweeted: "Following a night's reflection, it's clear that my tweet was misleading, crudely presented and ill-advised.

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"In retrospect, I should have left dates on the tweets to make it clear that I was not describing a conversation.

"I have made donations to both @jk_rowling's charity, Lumos and to @WomenForIndy, and will be taking a break from Twitter for a while to regains some much-needed perspective."

Ms Rowling replied: "Both the apology and the donation are generous, Alan. Thank you."

In the early hours of Friday morning, six hours after the row began, the Glasgow East MP's Twitter feed became hidden from public view with only confirmed followers having access.

A spokeswoman for the author said on Thursday: "JK Rowling won’t be saying anything further than what is on her Twitter feed..."

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