Love Island star Amy Hart has revealed that hateful trolls sent her messages telling her she was ugly before 7 a.m.
The 29-year-old former air hostess told an investigation into influential culture that she received abuse and death threats from people as young as 13 after appearing on a reality show.
Amy said that when it comes to trolling she cannot believe that sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have given enough support.
Appearing before the Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today, the former islander spoke about the abuse he regularly receives online.
She said she was surprised that many abusive private messages sent to her did not violate the sites’ community guidelines.
Hart said: “I’m disappointed but I will say that (social media) networks don’t have enough support when it comes to trolling.
“I’ve reported a few messages before and they come back saying, ‘We’ve seen this and it doesn’t break community guidelines’ and I’m like, ‘Look at that message!’
“Before 7am someone sent me this message about how much they hate me, how terrible I am, why everyone hates me, how ugly I am.
“From a fake account, a trolling account, a burner account, and you’re telling me that doesn’t break the policy?”
Hart said she was being trolled by people who said they were nurses and “people who have husbands and children” and that a death threat was traced to a 13-year-old girl.
She said: “I delete things, but you see those messages and in fact I’ve probably stopped reporting them now because I know it doesn’t make sense.
“Because it takes me time to process, ‘Why are you reporting this message?’ And then it comes back a few hours later with a notification that says, ‘We’ve checked this and it doesn’t break community guidelines’.”
Hart also rejected the idea that being an influential person was not a legitimate profession, he said inquiring: “I thought it wasn’t even a fair job and it really, really is.”
barrage of hate
She said she would be willing to “pay for using a social media network in exchange for an improved algorithm”, suggesting that the tagged posts were seen by fewer followers.
Amy also called for a standardized pricing structure based on how many followers an influencer has and the engagement that will determine their work with brands.
She appeared with Nicole Okran, a blogger and co-founder of The Creators Union, which advocates for digital creators.
Okran told interrogation that their union had reached out to social media networks including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but had only received a response from the image-sharing site Pinterest.
Talking about trolling, she said: “From our point of view the platforms don’t move fast enough – they don’t move at all.”
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