News 25th May 2023 by Lorna Gilligan
ITV Pausing All Islander’s Social Media Accounts During Love Island Series 10
ITV have announced they’ll be pausing the new islanders Instagram accounts prior to them entering the villa. It’s in an attempt to limit online abuse towards them and their families while they are inside the villa.
The move was originally trialled on the winter series earlier this year and proved to be a success, so now the bosses have made contestants aware that they nor their families will have access to any of their social media for the duration of their stay in the villa.
The fan-favourite reality dating show is due to start in just a couple of weeks – June 5th to be exact – and this new restriction has been put in place as part of the broadcaster’s new duty of care guidelines and procedures.
Contestants have never been allowed access to social media while inside the villa, which meant in previous years many handed the reins over to a friend or family member to post content on their behalf.
However, the show received a huge amount of criticism for doing this as it left the families to deal with abusive comments and a whole host of trolling.
The show also received criticism over the deaths of former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis and former host Caroline Flack, who all sadly took their own lives.
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To try to curb abusive behaviour online, ITV bosses instructed series nine contestants to either suspend their accounts or make it clear to their friends and family not to post anything on their behalf.
The move is now being made permanent due to its success last season.
It has been welcomed and praised by a number of Love Island alums including Liam Reardon, Tasha Ghouri and Amy Hart, who all agree it is something that needed to happen.
Support will also be given to family members of the contestants on how to deal with trolling and adapting to their loved one’s new life outside the villa.
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