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Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. Photo: Toby Melville

Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. Photo: Toby Melville

Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. Photo: Toby Melville

Cate Blanchett has warned of the perils of social media when it comes to claims of sex abuse.

The Australian actress, a supporter of the #MeToo movement, said "intelligent discussion" was vital, but social media did not allow for "nuanced conversation - it doesn't allow for processing time".

Her comments came in an interview on the BBC podcast Books To Live By... With Mariella Frostrup.

The Oscar-winner (49) said: "I think it's really, really important that long-term deep time strategic thinking is allowed to take place, along with the very real and understandable immediate response with people who have been placed in a position where they have had to be subservient.

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"It's very, very difficult now to find a place where you can have nuanced conversation. It's the downside of social media."

Frostrup suggested there was currently the sense that there was a "mob that moves in a kind of Monty Python-esque way whenever someone shouts, 'He's a witch'."

"There has to be discussion," said Blanchett. "We can't move forward without intelligent discussion and debate. Debate is different to hate speech.

"But the problem is sound bites won't solve it and finger pointing won't solve it.

"I believe the judicial system is a fundamental building block of democracy and if we pull that out of the Jenga block it's all going to collapse."


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