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I avoid social media: Emma Watson

Press Association logoPress Association 28/04/2017 Sam Blewett

Emma Watson strictly stays away from social media for the sake of her sanity.

The former Harry Potter star is playing the lead role in The Circle, the adaptation of Dave Eggers's dystopian novel about an internet giant.

She has frequently been targeted by online trolls but the 27-year-old actress says she doesn't read their comments.

"For my sanity, I cannot, I just cannot even go there. I have to create some distance because I'm human," she told E! News at the film's New York premiere on Thursday.

Watson was targeted by trolls after the death of Alan Rickman, who starred alongside her in the Potter franchise as Severus Snape.

"I think there's this way where technology can dehumanise and it's like they are saying something about someone who isn't there," she said.

"But I am there and I am real so I have to create some distance.

"Retaining your sanity in this industry is everything, so I care about it a lot."

Watson plays university graduate Mae Holland in The Circle, who rises through the ranks of a totalitarian technology company.

Tom Hanks and the late Bill Baxton also star in the film, which was released in the US on Thursday.

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