Love Island Amy Hart’s death threat hell as 13-year-old troll sends ‘barrage of abuse’

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Love Island star Amy Hart says she received death threats from a 13-year-old as she revealed the extent of her social media abuse to MPs yesterday.

The 29-year-old, who has more than a million Instagram followers, told British politicians she faced horrific daily abuse from trolls including mothers and professionals.

But she said she was repeatedly told by the platform the messages 'did not violate their policy rules'.

Ms Hart told a parliamentary inquiry into influencer culture that firms are 'not supportive enough when it comes to trolling'.

Asked why they were not doing enough to protect people, the 29-year-old said: "If they banned everyone who was nasty, they would lose too many users."

The former stewardess, who appeared on the ITV dating show in 2019, said she had reported abusive messages to Instagram.

She said: "I am like, 'Look at this barrage of messages someone has sent me before seven o'clock in the morning telling me how much they hate me, how awful I am, why everyone hates me, how ugly I am.

"From a fake account as well…and you are telling me that doesn't break policy?"'

Ms Hart said abuse also came from nurses and 'people with husbands and children' seemingly unafraid to reveal their identities.

She said: "I think, do you go to dinner parties and tell your friends you're trolling random women that you don't know? Are you proud? I don't understand it."

A death threat from an account with a SpongeBob SquarePants profile picture was traced to a 13-year-old, she said.

The inquiry is running in tandem with a joint committee looking into a draft online safety bill.

It will give Ofcom, the British communications regulator, the power to punish social media companies that fail to remove 'lawful but harmful' content with fines of up to £18million or 10% of annual global turnover.

Ms Hart also dismissed the idea being an influencer was not a 'proper job', telling the inquiry: "I used to think it wasn't either, and it really, really is."

Facebook, which owns Instagram, said: "We understand how upsetting it is for Amy to receive hurtful comments and we don't want this to happen on Instagram or Facebook.

"We have strict guidelines against bullying… and have introduced a number of safety tools. We'll continue to work with partners – including ITV – and the wider industry to help protect people from abuse."

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