Press and social media criticised after Caroline Flack death

Monday, February 17, 2020

Psychologists have condemned media coverage and social media trolls in the wake of the death of television presenter Caroline Flack.

The Love Island host was found dead at the age of 40 in her London home on Saturday, having taken her own life.

Tributes poured in for the star, with many of her friends and supporters criticising the intense media scrutiny that she faced.

Ms Flack was put under the spotlight at the end of last year when she stepped down from her role on the ITV2 dating show after being arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend.

Psychologist Jo Hemmings told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham that “cruel” press coverage of such incidents encouraged internet trolls.

“When they (the trolls) see the press go on the attack then they see it green lit for them to be able to do the same thing, because if the press is doing it, why shouldn’t they?

“And I’m not saying the press shouldn’t cover these kinds of stories, they should, but they should do them particularly with far less salacious, cruel headlines.

“There needs to be a more empathetic way of covering these stories, that aren’t on the attack.”

WATCH: Love Island contestant says social media is the "biggest" problem

Former Love Island contestant Tyla Carr also said that social media was the "biggest" problem.

She told Mike: "The trolling and the lack of anyone doing anything about it and for people just to say it’s freedom of speech and people can say what they want I think is absolutely awful."

Ms Flack pleaded not guilty to the charge at a hearing in December, although it has also emerged that in the aftermath of the alleged incident, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard that Caroline had told police “I did it” and then warned she would kill herself.

The Metropolitan Police declined to comment, although further detail may emerge at an inquest.

Love Island will return to air tonight with a tribute to its former presenter after being cancelled in wake of her death.

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