media caption Ex-Love Islander Amy Hart: "I'm deleting things ... J probably stopped reporting them now because I know there is no point "
Former Love Island contestant Amy Hart, said she found out she had been abused online by nurses and even received a death threat from a 13-year-old.
The 29-year-old influencer, who appeared on the 2019 series, told a committee of MPs that Instagram users should have to verify their identity.
"Everyone has a national insurance number, "she said. "And if you are under 16 and you don 't have one, then your parents should put theirs on, because one of my death threats was to a 13 year old teenager. "
She added: "You are thinking, if that 's what they do at 13 in their room at their mum and daddy, what are they going to do when they turn 18 and 'Will they be alone? "
A lot of abuse comes from anonymous accounts, but if someone posts under their real identity, Hart often searches for who they are, she told Digital , Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
'Are you proud? '
"If someone sends me horrible messages and 'he's doing it from his own account, I'm right on Facebook to watch who they are, "Hart said.
"I was trolled by nurses and people who have you husbands and kids. I think, do you go to dinners and tell your friends you hang out random 29 year old girls you don't know? Are you proud? I don't understand it. "
Hart told the Influencer Culture Committee inquiry that she went to Love Island with 3,000 Instagram followers and had over a million by the time she left.
She told the committee: "The [social media] networks are not supportive enough for trolling. I have reported some posts before, and they keep coming back saying: 'We've reviewed them and it doesn't violate community guidelines '.
'Message Barrage '
"And I'm like, look at this barrage of messages someone sent me before seven o'clockmorning telling me how much they hate me, how horrible I am, why everyone hates me, how ugly I am - from a fake account, from a lagging account, d 'a burner account.
"And are you telling me that doesn ' t violate the policy?
Hart added that she came to realize that There is little point in reporting abuse to platforms. "I'm deleting things, but you see these posts and in fact, I 've probably stopped reporting them now because I know there is no point," she said.
"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 saying: 'We have it checked and it does not violate community guidelines '. "
image source, PA Media caption of the imageimage Hart said she received "incredible " support from ITV after appearing on Love Island
A Facebook spokesperson, the parent company, Instagram, said: "We understand how upsetting it is for Amy to receive hurtful comments and we don't want that to happen on Instagram or Facebook.
" We have strict guidelines against bullying and harassment and have introduced a number of security tools, including limits, which prevent comments and private messages from people who do not follow you for a period of time, and hidden words, which allow you to filter out abusive words, phrases and emojis from your comments and DMs, so you will never have to see them.
"We will continue to work with partners, including ITV, and the industry as a whole to help protect people from abuse. "
Meanwhile, Hart hasalso stated that she had received "incredible " support from ITV one and the producers of Love Island, with "welfare girls " calling her regularly for 18 months after leaving the series, and therapy that remains on offer.
"Whenever you need therapy it will always be there by ITV, and I'm still friends with the producers, they always watch me " , she said.