Katie Price has revealed the vile online trolling of her son Harvey, 18, has got worse.
After vowing to get a law through Parliament that would prosecute anyone caught sending abusive comments online, the former glamour model, 42, spoke about her disabled son’s trolling ordeal during an appearance on Tuesday’s This Morning.
Katie admitted that she wants social media platforms to require the use of ID so users can’t hide behind anonymous accounts when they post comments online.
Horrific: Katie Price has revealed the vile online trolling of her son Harvey, 18, has gotten worse, as she kicked off a new campaign for a law to make online abuse a criminal offence.
Katie has been campaigning for ‘Harvey’s Law’ to be created to make online trolling a specific criminal offence.
The star discussed the devastating impact of trolling with Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Sign Along With Us, after the group’s star Christian Kilduff, who has cerebral palsy and is registered severely sight impaired, was bombarded with abuse online.
Katie said: ‘I’m so sorry that you’re having to go through this, everything you’re saying I’m just agreeing with you… this is why I’m doing Harvey’s law.
‘I’m doing a new campaign this week, it has to stop, I want to ask these people why you want to sit there, what goes through their heads, these videos and comments what are they getting out of it.
Nasty: The former glamour model said she wants social media platforms to require the use of ID so users can’t hide behind anonymous accounts when they post comments online
Speaking out: Katie spoke about her disabled son’s trolling ordeal during an appearance on Tuesday’s This Morning
‘Any act online, you should have ID so you can get tracked because at the moment they can close it down and start another account and start again.
‘If you call them out I think it just encourages them, I’ve got it worse by doing that. as soon as it goes in place, they could get a fine or a prison sentence, I think if they have something like then then it will get better. But also the people who retweet it, I don’t know what they get out of it.’
Katie, who recently appeared in a BBC documentary about her son Harvey’s journey to find a residential college, went onto detail what she hopes that Harvey’s Law can change.
Nasty: The star discussed the devastating impact of trolling with Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Sign Along With Us, after the group’s star Christian Kilduff was bombarded with abuse online
Make it a law: She said: ‘Any act online, you should have ID so you can get tracked because at the moment they can close it down and start another account and start again#
She told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: ‘Obviously Covid has got in the way, but we are that close.
‘I agree with Phillip there needs to be something in place, a register, online trolling there is so much of it, there needs to be something where they’re on a register.’
Katie launched an online petition in 2017 in a bid to make internet bullying a criminal offence, and make it mandatory for social media users to hand over their details in a bid to end anonymous abuse.
She had previously spoken about some of the insults that had been directed at her son, who is on the autism spectrum and was born with disabilities including partial blindness, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome, and made her determined to do all she can to stamp it out.
Record it: ‘I agree with Phillip there needs to be something in place, a register, online trolling there is so much of it, there needs to be something where they’re on a register,’ she added
Cruel: Last month it was revealed that police were moving to prosecute a man who shared a blackface video mocking Harvey
Last month it was revealed that police were moving to prosecute a man who shared a blackface video mocking Harvey.
Katie’s representative confirmed reports by The Sun that she’s told pals of her delight to hear police are taking action of the video.
A source said: ‘Katie is pleased the case is moving forward and action is being taken – it’ll show people that there are real consequences to internet trolling.’
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested in November for sharing a video featuring a couple appearing to mock Katie’s son Harvey with the use of blackface.
In the video, a woman in fake tan says ‘If someone says something horrible to Harvey, what do we say?’ before a man in face paint responds: ‘Hello, you c**t.’
Hard: Katie launched an online petition in 2017 in a bid to make internet bullying a criminal offence, after her son faced vile trolling
In a statement, Sussex Police confirmed at the time: ‘A 52-year-old man from Hastings has been arrested by police investigating an offensive video posted on Twitter.
‘Police were made aware of the video around 8.40pm on Wednesday.
‘The man was arrested around 4.45am on Thursday on suspicion of sending by public communication network an offensive / indecent / obscene / menacing message. He remains in police custody at this time.’
The reality star also took to Instagram to express her disappointment, penning: ‘I’ve been sent this disgusting racist mockery p*** taking video about me and Harvey mocking his disabilities, clearly planned hence the face painting!
‘Does anybody know these disgusting humans as I will be reporting this to the police #harveyslaw words cannot describe how upset I am this is so cruel. These people need reporting.’
A representative for Katie told MailOnline: ‘Harveys Law will be passed and these trolls will be dealt with accordingly as seen fit by the courts.
‘Katie has been fighting tirelessly for Harvey’s law to be past – This clip posted on Twitter now with the Met Police only supports her case and will see Harvey’s bill passed, Katie hopes by the end of the year of not early 2021.
‘Katie is calling out the social media giants to join her in her fight to banish trolls for good.’
On a mission: Katie has spoken before a parliamentary committee in a bid to combat trolls, and has demanded MPs change the law so online bullies face justice (pictured in February 2018)
In July Katie demanded MPs change the law so online bullies face justice at a landmark parliamentary inquiry.
The media personality gave evidence to the Petitions Committee via video link for the new inquiry into online abuse.
Katie revealed three police officers, cricketer Ben Stokes and comedian Frankie Boyle had all mocked her son.
The I’m A Celebrity star also appeared before a parliamentary committee two years ago in an attempt to help combat trolls.
Katie’s petition to criminalise trolling received over 220,000 signatures, and led to a parliamentary inquiry into online abuse.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
WHAT IS PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME?
Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes problems including constant urges to eat food, restricted growth and reduced muscle tone.
Other potential issues include learning difficulties, lack of sexual development and behavioral problems such as tantrums or stubbornness.
The rare condition, which affects one in every 15,000 children born in England, is caused by a defect on chromosome number 15 – and happens by chance.
Because there is no cure, treatment aims to manage the symptoms – with parents of sufferers urged to get their children to stick to a healthy, balanced diet.
Children with the syndrome can eat up to six times more than children of the same age – and still feel hungry.
It was first described in 1956 by Swiss doctors A Prader, A Labhart and H Willi.