Caroline Flack’s mum slams social media firms for ‘failing to protect’ users from abuse

Caroline Flack’s mum slams social media firms for ‘failing to protect’ users from abuse

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Caroline Flack’s mum Christine has slammed social media firms for not protecting users from online bullies. It comes after the Love Island host sadly took her own life in February 2020 at the age of 40, following a torrent of abusive messages.

They don’t protect anyone

Christine Flack

In honour of the TV star, a Channel 4 documentary titled Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death which will also fear her pals Olly Murs, Dermot O’Leary and her twin Jody, tells her tragic story and looks at the impact of fame, mental health issues, press and social media had on her.

Ahead of the show that will air on Wednesday 17 March, Christine told The Mirror: “When I was young, if you were bullied at school you could get away from it.

“You can’t get away from it now because it follows you home, it follows you on your phone.”

She turned her attention to the big social media companies, saying: “It is not that there’s a lack of money.

“They don’t protect anyone.”

She previously explained that there needs to be more done to protect users from such abuse, after Caroline became “addicted” to reading negative comments about herself online.

“Carrie was the worst one, she would look at her phone all the time,” Christine said in a past interview.

“It took her over. There could be 30 nice things said but one bad thing and that was it.”

She also blasted others in the TV industry for making “hurtful” jokes about Caroline losing presenting jobs, which she found incredibly difficult to hear.

One of those jobs included her and Olly’s X Factor takeover in 2015, after long-running presenter Dermot stepped down to explore other opportunities.

But the pair were highly criticised by viewers for their presenting style and Dermot’s return was confirmed just days before the final aired.

“After the first two, three shows, we got it from all angles,” Olly reveals in the tribute show.

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“‘This show’s good but it’s missing something, it’s missing Dermot.’ And all of a sudden you’re beaten up again. It was a constant for 10 weeks.”

He continued: “The abuse that she was getting, it was awful. It was awful.

“They hurt her every day, they did affect her.”

Christine went on to mention Graham Norton’s joke that was made at the BAFTAs, where he poked fun at Caroline and Olly’s departure.

Graham had said: “Dermot is back on the X Factor, well done Dermot! I’m not saying the writing was on the wall for Caroline Flack, but you could get better odds of Anne Boleynn returning for the second series at Wolf Hall.”

Admitting it “really hurt” Caroline, Christine said: “You thought, ‘Oh, that’s going to make her feel so, so bad. That’s when you were again worried about her’.

“She’d text me in the middle of the night and one night I got in my car to drive to London and halfway there she’d say, ‘Oh no, it’s alright now!’ But I don’t know what made it alright.”

She added: “But she just used to brush it off then. And what always got her off out of it was going to work or having to do something.

“And then the next day, things might seem better, But you just never really knew.”

Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death airs Wednesday on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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