Bette Midler is dismayed that social media has the power to “destroy lives”.

The 74-year-old actress has 1.9 million followers on Twitter and is a regular poster but she is stunned on a daily basis at the hurtful comments that users are allowed to tweet and she is relieved that the technology wasn’t around when she was a teenager.

Speaking to Radio Times magazine, she said: “I don’t think I could cope. Life is too complicated now, it’s too hard. When I was growing up, we had the best of it. My generation had peace, contentment, civility; we don’t have those things today. People are allowed to say the worst things they can think of [on social media], which can injure people to the core

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