Love Island’s Rosie Williams says online trolling has made her anxious

A former Love Island contestant is calling for tougher restrictions on social media companies after her own experience of online bullying.

After leaving the Love Island Villa in 2018, Rosie Williams from the Rhondda shot to Instagram stardom gaining more than 800,000 followers.

Rosie is one of over half a million ‘influencers’ on Instagram, who have the power to change consumer choices - from what we eat, to what we wear, or what we do to stay in shape.

Before appearing on the hit ITV programme, Rosie, 28, worked as a solicitor, but has since had a career change to become an ‘Instagram Influencer’. However, she told ITV’s current affairs programme, Ein Byd (Our World), that living under the spotlight has exposed her to the brutal world of trolling.

Rosie (left) appeared on Love Island in 2018. Credit: PA

The Royal Society of Public Health, is campaigning for tighter regulations on social media platforms. It said governments and social media platforms must work together to tackle online harm.

A recent survey of young people aged 14-24 found Instagram and Snapchat were the most detrimental to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Rosie wants tougher restrictions imposed on social media companies.

Rosie wants tougher restrictions imposed on social media companies to tackle online trolls. She reported a comment she received to Instagram and didn’t feel their response was good enough.

She said, “On my Instagram it came up that they’d considered what I reported and they didn’t feel that it breached their guidelines. I don’t think that’s good enough, it is bullying, it does affect people’s mental health and if I wasn't a strong person who knows what it would have done to me.''

The UK Government said it is determined to tackle harmful content online.

The photo sharing app said it has introduced a number of measures, including reporting tools within the app, and a trained team of reviewers, to try to tackle online bullying. It is also working with charities to ensure those who need mental health support get it.

The UK Government said it is developing laws to put duty of care of users on online companies.

A BeKind campaign was launched after Caroline Flack took her own life. Credit: PA

Following [Caroline Flack’s death,](http://Caroline Flack) a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said social media firms must go further in their efforts to remove unacceptable content on their platforms.

  • See more on this story by watching Ein Byd, Monday (tonight) at 21:30 on S4C. The programme has English subtitles.