Love Island's Amy Hart tells inquiry of receiving death threats and abuse
She has stopped reporting it.
Love Island's Amy Hart has revealed that she stopped reporting abuse online as little is ever done about it.
Speaking to the UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Amy spoke of the hardship she faces with social media and that more needs to be done to stop online hate.
The inquiry looked into influencer culture, with the reality star going into depth about her experience with online trolls, claiming that Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are not doing enough when it came to this issue.
Amy shared the amount of abuse she has received since appearing on the ITV2 series in 2019, and said that she was surprised that a lot of the private messages she gets sent weren't flagged as breaches in community guidelines.
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Amy told the inquiry: "I am desensitised but I would say that the (social media) networks are not supportive enough when it comes to trolling.
"I have reported some messages before and they come back saying, "We have looked at it and it doesn’t break community guidelines" and I am like, "Look at that message!"
"Look at this barrage of messages someone has sent me before 7 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, a trolling account, a burner account, and you are telling me that doesn’t break policy?’
— Amy Hart (@amyhart1707) September 14, 2021
Another point she brought up was that many of these accounts can be traced back to "people that have got husbands and children", including some saying they were nurses, and one death threat she was sent was from a 13-year-old.
She added: "I delete things, but you see those messages and actually I have probably stopped reporting them now because I know there is no point.
"Because the time it takes me the process of doing: "Why are you reporting this message?" and then it comes back a few hours later with a notification that says, "We have checked it and it doesn’t break community guidelines"."
Correcting the inquiry to say being an influencer is a "proper job", Amy said she was willing to pay to use social media if it meant a fairer algorithm was in place.