Amy Hart has revealed she cannot help but check negative comments online and that it has become an ‘addiction.’
She said: ‘I wake up in the morning at 7am and someone has taken the time at 6:30 in the morning to send you a barrage of messages.’
Sad: Amy Hart, 28, has revealed she cannot help but check negative comments online and that it has become an ‘addiction.’
When asked by Richard why she could not just give up Twitter she said that she has to accept that it’s her job now.
She said: ‘Because on one hand it is my job now and also it is an addiction. You know when you have a toothache and you bite to check it still hurts a little bit.
‘You’re looking at all the nice comments like ‘there must be a bad one in here’ so it’s an addiction.’
She also revealed the moment when she left the Love Island villa she immediately searched her name of Twitter to find negative comments on her appearance.
Abuse: The former Love Island star spoke on Good Morning Britain with Richard Madeley and Ranvir Singh about trolling and admitted that she wakes up in the morning to horrid messages
Tough: Amy has previously been open about her horrific experience with trolling after rising to fame on Love Island in 2019
She said: ‘The first [negative comment] I ever actually saw was, I got my phone back after six and a half weeks and typed in Amy Hart to Twitter and the suggested search results were ‘Amy Hart ugly, Amy Hart teeth and Amy Hart fat’.’
Amy appeared alongside Ian Russell on the morning show, whose daughter died by suicide after online trolling.
There have been calls for more regulation from Facebook to protect the safety of young people, and are currently appearing in UK court.
However, although Amy has said she would love to see these organisations be held more accountable, she can also see the reality of the situation.
She said: ‘If they banned everyone who posted content they shouldn’t post, who trolled who sent death threats they’d pretty much have nobody left, they wouldn’t make any money, that’s why they won’t do it.’
Her appearance on the show comes after she blasted social media firms to MPs for failing to tackle online trolling.
Open: When asked by Richard why she could not just give up Twitter she said that she has to accept that it’s her job now
Obsessed: She gave the reason why doesn’t give up social media: ‘Because on one hand it is my job now and also it is an addiction. You know when you have a toothache and you bite to check it still hurts a little bit’
She also admitted that she has stopped reporting abuse because ‘there is no point.’
She said she often receives a ‘barrage of messages’ attacking her but is told by networks the comments do not break community guidelines and therefore no action is taken.
She told an inquiry into influencer culture she does not believe sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are doing enough to combat trolling.
Giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Amy recounted the abuse she regularly receives online.
She said: ‘I am desensitised but I will 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!’.
Upsetting: Amy appeared alongside Ian Russell on the morning show, whose daughter died by suicide after online trolling
Lovely: Amy cut a stylish figure in a black midi dress with a red floral print as she appeared on the breakfast show
‘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 the policy?’
She said she was getting trolled by people who said they are nurses and ‘people that have got husbands and children’ and one death threat had been traced back to a 13-year-old.
Elsewhere, a previously unlucky-in-love Amy is smitten with model Sam Rason.
The couple went public with their romance last month. Sam is known as the hunk hot cross bun man who appeared in Aldi’s Easter 2016 advert.
Instagram official: Elsewhere, a previously unlucky-in-love Amy is smitten with model Sam Rason